I'm looking for the antonym of free in the sense of liberal.

non free country

A country where something is not legal is not free.

PS. I read other questions but I could not find any suitable for this situation.

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    Restricted social policy? I think you'll have to be more specific about the type of freedom you mean. Some countries levels of free are very different than others, even amongst non-free countries. – Catija May 20 '15 at 19:55
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    You may need to clarify more about your question. A truly "free" country is called an "anarchy", a country with no laws; only in such a country would everything be legal. If you are looking for a country that has the most restrictive laws, it is probably a "police state": a country where even "legal" actions could be unduly punished at the behest of the controlling entities. – Cord May 20 '15 at 20:10
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    I've always wondered what "It's a free country" is supposed to mean. If it's free, I'll take it -- I've always wanted to be a dictator. Or does it mean that there's no slavery? There are a lot of countries that have no (overt) slavery, but would probably not be considered "free". – Hot Licks May 20 '15 at 21:07
  • I have spent the winter in a dictatorship in which people went around saying that they were "free". As far as I could see they just meant the freedom to be unsocialised and uncouth, with no political content at all. But OP might consider "illiberal". – David Pugh May 20 '15 at 21:25
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    Which country/countries today would you consider "free in the sense of liberal"? "A country where something is not legal is not free." I don't know of any country where everything and anything is legal. – amdn May 20 '15 at 21:34

A country with a low level of personal freedom would be considered authoritarian.

authoritarian - Favouring or enforcing strict obedience to authority at the expense of personal freedom; showing a lack of concern for the wishes or opinions of others; dictatorial


The opposite of a free country is a dictatorship.


In this context, unfree and unfreedom work. I imagine some people think they sound quite clunky, but I like them.

Also in addition to authoritarian as mentioned by others, there is totalitarian, where the state seeks to maximise control of every aspect of public and private life.

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