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Adjective
/ˈlib(ə)rəl/,
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Open to new behavior or opinions and willing to discard traditional values,
  1. Open to new behavior or opinions and willing to discard traditional values
    • - they have more liberal views toward marriage and divorce than some people
  2. Favorable to or respectful of individual rights and freedoms
    • - liberal citizenship laws
  3. (in a political context) Favoring maximum individual liberty in political and social reform
    • - a liberal democratic state
  4. Of or characteristic of Liberals or a Liberal Party

  5. (in the UK) Of or relating to the Liberal Democrat Party
    • - the Liberal leader
  6. Regarding many traditional beliefs as dispensable, invalidated by modern thought, or liable to change

  7. (of education) Concerned mainly with broadening a person's general knowledge and experience, rather than with technical or professional training

  8. (esp. of an interpretation of a law) Broadly construed or understood; not strictly literal or exact
    • - they could have given the 1968 Act a more liberal interpretation
  9. Given, used, or occurring in generous amounts
    • - liberal amounts of wine had been consumed
  10. (of a person) Giving generously
    • - Sam was too liberal with the wine
Noun
  1. A person of liberal views

  2. A supporter or member of a Liberal Party


  1. a person who favors a political philosophy of progress and reform and the protection of civil liberties
  2. broad: showing or characterized by broad-mindedness; "a broad political stance"; "generous and broad sympathies"; "a liberal newspaper"; "tolerant of his opponent's opinions"
  3. a person who favors an economic theory of laissez-faire and self-regulating markets
  4. having political or social views favoring reform and progress
  5. tolerant of change; not bound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy, or tradition
  6. big: given or giving freely; "was a big tipper"; "the bounteous goodness of God"; "bountiful compliments"; "a freehanded host"; "a handsome allowance"; "Saturday's child is loving and giving"; "a liberal backer of the arts"; "a munificent gift"; "her fond and openhanded grandfather"
  7. The Liberal Party was one of the two major British political parties from the mid 19th century until the rise of the Labour Party in the 1920s, and a third party of varying strength and importance up to 1988, when it merged with the Social Democratic Party (the SDP) to form a new party which ...
  8. The Liberal magazine is a quarterly literary and political publication "devoted to promoting liberalism around the world". ...
  9. (Liberalism (book)) Liberalism (original German title: Liberalismus) is an influential book by Austrian School economist and libertarian thinker Ludwig von Mises, containing economic analysis and indicting critique of socialism. ...
  10. (Liberals (Finland)) Liberals (Liberaalit) is a free market liberal party in Finland. Founded in 1965 as a reunification of the People's Party of Finland and Liberal League. Originally named Liberal People's Party (Liberaalinen Kansanpuolue), it restyled its name as Liberals (Liberaalit) in 2000.
  11. (The Liberals (Greece)) The Liberals (Οι Φιλελεύθεροι, Oi Fileleftheroi) was a liberal political party in Greece founded by Stefanos Manos in April 1999. The president suspended operations of the party in October 2001, citing economic problems and limited appeal amongst the voting public . ...
  12. (liberalism) The quality of being liberal; Any political movement founded on the autonomy and personal freedom of the individual, progress and reform, and government by law with the consent of the governed; An economic theory in favour of laissez faire and the free market
  13. (LIBERALISM) Generosity with other peoples' lives and property.
  14. (LIBERALISM) Sometimes called Modernism. Includes most Protestant religious philosophies that attempt a reconciliation of science, humanism, and traditional Christianity. Stresses the ethical teachings of Jesus and a social gospel. God is conceived as man's fellow worker in reforming the world. ...
  15. (Liberalism (liberal elite, east coast liberal)) A Democrat who believes in a larger government that provides social equality.
  16. (Liberalism) (non-Aryan attitude)
  17. (Liberalism) A broad political ideology that generally favours individual freedom, open government and the free market, but contains different views on whether the government should interfere in the market, for example through anti-discrimination laws or social welfare for those who are unable ...
  18. (Liberalism) A commonly used paradigm in international relations, which bases its arguments on the actions of rational utility-maximizing individuals.
  19. (Liberalism) A school of economics that relies primarily on a free market with the minimum of barriers to the flow of private trade and capital. ...
  20. (Liberalism) Advocacy of positive government action to improve the welfare of individuals, support for civil rights, and tolerance for political and social change.
  21. (Liberalism) In Christianity, the movement away from traditional orthodoxy often in an attempt to harmonize biblical teachings with science, humanism, or other secular fields. ...
  22. (Liberalism) In general terms this relates to beliefs in personal freedom. There are many forms of liberalism. Classical liberalism emphasized a negative form of freedom, involving freedom from oppression and the economic freedoms promoted by Adam Smith in the eighteenth century. ...
  23. (Liberalism) The belief in protecting the rights of individual, so as to ensure their maximum freedom. ...
  24. (Liberalism) The disposition to change or reform what is established, as in religion or politics; specific principles and practices developed by advocates of political change; (econ) a theory advocating individual freedom from governmental control and a market which is self-regulating.