I usually see people using "privacy" to describe the freedom from intrusion, however this definition does not necessarily includes the interference into a person's matters, only the observation of it. For example, look into someone's private life without consent is a violation of privacy, but changing someone's private life without consent is not. Which word would better describe the latter?

Example sentences:

I want to move to a my own place to have more ___ since my mom moves the furniture in my room every other month.

There is little ____ in a country where government interferes with your private life all the time.

  • Please provide a sample sentence with a series of blanks for the word you're looking for. – Michael Rybkin May 11 '18 at 23:58
  • "He moved to a house because he had no _____ in his apartment." – Gabriel Diego May 12 '18 at 0:00
  • The only thing I can think of at the moment would be the noun seclusion. Though, this word doesn't fit your sentences precisely. – Michael Rybkin May 12 '18 at 2:04
  • I think that 'seclusion' sounds more like being far from everyone. My question is more like nobody interfering other people's business, even if the are very close. – Gabriel Diego May 12 '18 at 3:03

Try independence, autonomy, or self-determination.

Many teenagers demand independence, but without any of the responsibility that comes with it.

Also sovereignty, if you want to pretend you are a self-ruled nation/state.

North Korea has frequently asserted that UN sanctions intended to curb its development of nuclear weapons are a "violent violation" of its sovereignty.

My oh-so clever son, on turning fifteen, declared his room to be a sovereign territory and warned that any unauthorized entry could spark a diplomatic incident.

(Edit) From the dictionary:

Independence (n): 2. freedom from the control, influence, support, aid, or the like, of others.


In 1776 the American Colonies initiated what would eventually be a "War of Independence" to free themselves from British rule.

  • These words sound for me something like "doing as wish", rather than "not be done what is not wished". – Gabriel Diego May 14 '18 at 18:51
  • @GabrielDiego In 1776 the American Colonies fought a "War of Independence" to free themselves from British rule. Doesn't that sound like they didn't want to do what someone else told them to do? – Andrew May 14 '18 at 19:08
  • This definitely works with a country, however with people it sounds like end reliance (like financial support) upon someone else (like parents). – Gabriel Diego May 14 '18 at 21:51
  • @GabrielDiego The word "independence" is the same for countries as it is for people. Even if you choose not to believe me, why don't you just look it up in a dictionary 2. freedom from the control, influence, support, aid, or the like, of others. – Andrew May 15 '18 at 6:21
  • I agree with you. I'm choosing your answer. Thanks! – Gabriel Diego May 15 '18 at 18:21


(Derived from sacrosanct):

  1. : most sacred or holy : INVIOLABLE
  2. : treated as if holy : immune from criticism or violation · politically sacrosanct programs

Inviolability / Inviolableness

(Derived from inviolable):

  1. : secure from violation or profanation · an inviolable law
  2. : secure from assault or trespass : unassailable · inviolable borders
  • You can use discretion which is defined as:

    discretion: choice, or the right to make a choice, based on judgment.

  • Another option is serenity which means:

    serenity: a lack of agitation or disturbance.

  • And my last suggestion would be peace which is defined as:

    peace: calm and quiet; freedom from worry or annoyance.

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