Definitions for Liberalˈlɪb ər əl, ˈlɪb rəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

lib•er•al*ˈlɪb ər əl, ˈlɪb rəl(adj.)

  1. favorable to progress or reform, as in political or religious affairs.

    Category: Government

  2. (often cap.) designating or pertaining to a political party advocating measures of progressive political reform.

    Category: Government

  3. pertaining to, based on, or having views or policies advocating individual freedom of action and expression.

    Category: Government

  4. of or pertaining to representational forms of government rather than aristocracies and monarchies.

    Category: Government

  5. free from prejudice or bigotry; tolerant.

  6. free of or not bound by traditional or conventional ideas, values, etc.; open-minded.

  7. characterized by generosity and willingness to give in large amounts.

  8. given freely or abundantly; generous.

  9. not strict or rigorous; free; not literal:

    a liberal interpretation of a rule.

  10. of, pertaining to, or based on the liberal arts:

    a liberal education.

    Category: Education

  11. (n.)a person of liberal principles or views.

    Category: Government

  12. (often cap.) a member of a liberal political party, esp. the Liberal Party in Great Britain.

    Category: Government

* Syn: See generous.

Origin of liberal:

1325–75; ME < L līberālis of free men, generous =līber free +-ālis -al1

lib′er•al•ness(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. liberal, liberalist, progressive(noun)

    a person who favors a political philosophy of progress and reform and the protection of civil liberties

  2. liberal(adj)

    a person who favors an economic theory of laissez-faire and self-regulating markets

  3. broad, large-minded, liberal, tolerant(adj)

    showing or characterized by broad-mindedness

    "a broad political stance"; "generous and broad sympathies"; "a liberal newspaper"; "tolerant of his opponent's opinions"

  4. liberal(adj)

    having political or social views favoring reform and progress

  5. liberal(adj)

    tolerant of change; not bound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy, or tradition

  6. big, bighearted, bounteous, bountiful, freehanded, handsome, giving, liberal, openhanded(adj)

    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. free, loose, liberal(adj)

    not literal

    "a loose interpretation of what she had been told"; "a free translation of the poem"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. liberal(adjective)ˈlɪb ər əl, ˈlɪb rəl

    ≠ narrow-minded

    a liberal thinker

  2. liberalˈlɪb ər əl, ˈlɪb rəl

    favoring gradual political reform, protection of civil rights, and equal distribution of wealth

    a liberal movement

  3. liberalˈlɪb ər əl, ˈlɪb rəl

    ≠ meager

    a liberal dose of sarcasm

  4. liberal(noun)ˈlɪb ər əl, ˈlɪb rəl

    sb with liberal views

    a true liberal

  5. liberalˈlɪb ər əl, ˈlɪb rəl

    sb with liberal political ideas

    liberals in Congress

Wiktionary

  1. liberal(Noun)

    One with liberal views, supporting individual liberty (see Wikipedia on Liberalism for a description of the various and diverging trends of liberalism).

  2. liberal(Noun)

    A supporter of any of the particular liberal parties.

  3. liberal(Noun)

    One on the left-wing of the American political spectrum. Sometimes used pejoratively in political campaigns.

  4. liberal(Noun)

    A person who favors individual voting rights, human and civil rights, individual gun rights, laissez-faire markets, and the gold standard.

  5. liberal(Adjective)

    Pertaining to those arts and sciences whose study was considered "worthy of a free man" (as opposed to servile, mechanical); worthy, befitting a gentleman.

    He had a full education studying the liberal arts.

  6. liberal(Adjective)

    Generous, bountiful.

    He was liberal with his compliments.

  7. liberal(Adjective)

    Generous in quantity, abundant.

    Add a liberal sprinkling of salt.

  8. liberal(Adjective)

    Unrestrained, licentious.

  9. liberal(Adjective)

    Widely open to new ideas, willing to depart from established opinions, conventions etc.; permissive.

    Her parents had liberal ideas about child-rearing.

  10. liberal(Adjective)

    Open to political or social changes and reforms associated with either classical or modern liberalism.

  11. Liberal(Adjective)

    Generous, in great amount, a large proportion

    He had a full education studying the liberal arts.

  12. Liberal(Adjective)

    Of or relating to the Liberal party, its membership, or its platform, policy, or viewpoint.

    He had a full education studying the liberal arts.

  13. Liberal(ProperNoun)

    A member or supporter of a Liberal Party

  14. Liberal(ProperNoun)

    A member or supporter of the Liberal Party of Canada, or its predecessors, or provincial equivalents, or their predecessors

  15. Liberal(ProperNoun)

    A Liberal Democrat.

  16. Liberal(ProperNoun)

    A Whig

  17. Origin: From liberal, from liberalis, from liber.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Liberal(adj)

    free by birth; hence, befitting a freeman or gentleman; refined; noble; independent; free; not servile or mean; as, a liberal ancestry; a liberal spirit; liberal arts or studies

  2. Liberal(adj)

    bestowing in a large and noble way, as a freeman; generous; bounteous; open-handed; as, a liberal giver

  3. Liberal(adj)

    bestowed in a large way; hence, more than sufficient; abundant; bountiful; ample; profuse; as, a liberal gift; a liberal discharge of matter or of water

  4. Liberal(adj)

    not strict or rigorous; not confined or restricted to the literal sense; free; as, a liberal translation of a classic, or a liberal construction of law or of language

  5. Liberal(adj)

    not narrow or contracted in mind; not selfish; enlarged in spirit; catholic

  6. Liberal(adj)

    free to excess; regardless of law or moral restraint; licentious

  7. Liberal(adj)

    not bound by orthodox tenets or established forms in political or religious philosophy; independent in opinion; not conservative; friendly to great freedom in the constitution or administration of government; having tendency toward democratic or republican, as distinguished from monarchical or aristocratic, forms; as, liberal thinkers; liberal Christians; the Liberal party

  8. Liberal(noun)

    one who favors greater freedom in political or religious matters; an opponent of the established systems; a reformer; in English politics, a member of the Liberal party, so called. Cf. Whig

Freebase

  1. Liberal

    Liberal is an unincorporated community in Clackamas County, Oregon, United States. It lies on Oregon Route 213 between Mulino and Molalla. The community of Liberal grew up three miles south of Mulino on the south side of the Molalla River. The Liberal crossroads is located at the mutual corners of the donation land claims established in the 1840s by Harrison Wright, William Russell, W. D. Woodcock, James Barnard and Francis Jackson. As the original land claims began to be parceled out, the area was settled in the mid-19th century, primarily by Swiss and German families. According to local tradition, the community was named after the "liberal" credit practices of the founder of the Liberal Store. Liberal currently includes the historic Liberal Store, an active sawmill, a chicken feed mill, a multi-generational family farm, and the Evangelical Community Chapel, a church that has continuously held weekly meetings since its founding in 1900.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Liberal' in Nouns Frequency: #2869

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Liberal' in Adjectives Frequency: #254


Translations for Liberal

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

liberal(adjective)

generous

She gave me a liberal helping of apple pie; She was very liberal with her money.

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