Definitions for liberal
ˈlɪb ər əl, ˈlɪb rəllib·er·al
Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word liberal.
liberal, liberalist, progressivenoun
a person who favors a political philosophy of progress and reform and the protection of civil liberties
a person who favors an economic theory of laissez-faire and self-regulating markets
broad, large-minded, liberal, tolerantadjective
showing or characterized by broad-mindedness
"a broad political stance"; "generous and broad sympathies"; "a liberal newspaper"; "tolerant of his opponent's opinions"
having political or social views favoring reform and progress
tolerant of change; not bound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy, or tradition
big, bighearted, bounteous, bountiful, freehanded, handsome, giving, liberal, openhandedadjective
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"
free, loose, liberaladjective
"a loose interpretation of what she had been told"; "a free translation of the poem"
One with liberal views, supporting individual liberty (see Wikipedia on Liberalism for a description of the various and diverging trends of liberalism).
A supporter of any of the particular liberal parties.
One on the left-wing of the American political spectrum. Sometimes used pejoratively in political campaigns.
A person who favors individual voting rights, human and civil rights, individual gun rights, laissez-faire markets, and the gold standard.
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.
He was liberal with his compliments.
Generous in quantity, abundant.
Add a liberal sprinkling of salt.
Widely open to new ideas, willing to depart from established opinions, conventions etc.; permissive.
Her parents had liberal ideas about child-rearing.
Open to political or social changes and reforms associated with either classical or modern liberalism.
Generous, in great amount, a large proportion
He had a full education studying the liberal arts.
Of or relating to the Liberal party, its membership, or its platform, policy, or viewpoint.
He had a full education studying the liberal arts.
A member or supporter of a Liberal Party
A member or supporter of the Liberal Party of Canada, or its predecessors, or provincial equivalents, or their predecessors
A Liberal Democrat.
Etymology: From liberal, from liberalis, from liber.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: liberalis, Latin; liberal. French.
Her name was Mercy, well known over all
To be both gracious and eke liberal. Edmund Spenser, Fa. Queen.
Sparing would shew a worse sin than ill doctrine.
Men of his way should be most liberal,
They’re set here for examples. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.
Needs must the pow’r
That made us, and for us this ample world,
Be infinitely good, and of his good
As liberal and free, as infinite. John Milton.
There is no art better than to be liberal of praise and commendation to others, in that wherein a man’s self hath any perfection. Francis Bacon, Essays.
The liberal are secure alone;
For what we frankly give, for ever is our own. George Granville.
Several clergymen, otherwise little fond of obscure terms, are, in their sermons, very liberal of all those which they find in ecclesiastical writers, as if it were our duty to understand them. Jonathan Swift.
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
bestowing in a large and noble way, as a freeman; generous; bounteous; open-handed; as, a liberal giver
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
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
not narrow or contracted in mind; not selfish; enlarged in spirit; catholic
free to excess; regardless of law or moral restraint; licentious
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
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
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
lib′ėr-al, adj. becoming a gentleman: generous: noble-minded: candid: free: free from restraint: general, extensive.—n. one who advocates greater freedom in political institutions.—n. Liberalisā′tion, the process of making liberal.—v.t. Lib′eralise, to make liberal, or enlightened: to enlarge.—ns. Lib′eralism, the principles of a Liberal in politics or religion; Liberal′ity, the quality of being liberal: generosity: largeness or nobleness of mind: candour: impartiality.—adv. Lib′erally.—v.t. Lib′erāte, to set free: to release from restraint, confinement, or bondage.—ns. Liberā′tion; Liberā′tionist, one who is in favour of church disestablishment; Lib′erātor, one who liberates or frees.—adj. Lib′erātory, tending to liberate.—Liberal Party, the name adopted by the Whigs (1830) to denote the body formed by their union with the Radicals; Liberal Unionist, one of that section of the Liberal Party which joined the Conservatives from inability to accede to Mr Gladstone's policy of giving Home Rule to Ireland (1886); German Liberals, a party in German politics, formed by the amalgamation of the Progressist party and the Liberal union, and advocating moderate liberalism in opposition to the policy of Prince Bismarck; National Liberals, a party in German politics which before 1871 advocated the completion of governmental unity in Germany, as well as supported progressive measures of reform. [Fr.,—L. liberalis, befitting a freeman—liber, free, akin to libet, lubet, it pleases.]
Etymology and Origins
The modern designation of the Progressive or “Whig” Party. This arose out of Lord Byron’s political magazine, The Liberal, in 1828, though the name was not formally assumed until the agitation for the Reform Bill in 1831.
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'liberal' in Nouns Frequency: #2869
Rank popularity for the word 'liberal' in Adjectives Frequency: #254
The numerical value of liberal in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of liberal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Democrats are losing, everywhere, because voters are rejecting their agenda that's causing inflation and crime to surge around the country, if they think they can count on their liberal donors to bail them out, they are sorely mistaken.
A liberal is a man who leaves the room when the fight begins.
For the first time ever, the Liberal Democrats go into this campaign with a record of action in government to be extremely proud of, we have kept the government in the center ground and shown that we are the only party that can build a stronger economy and a fairer society.
Thanks to TV and for the convenience of TV, you can only be one of two kinds of human beings, either a liberal or a conservative.
The liberal media is once again showing that they will hide facts and mislead readers as long as it fits their narrative.
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Translations for liberal
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- γενναιόδωρος, φιλελεύθεροςGreek
- libertaria, libertarioSpanish
- avokätinen, antelias, runsas, vasemmistolainen, vapaamielinen, vapaa, estoton, liberaaliFinnish
- libéral, libre, généreuxFrench
- libearalach, pailt-làmhachScottish Gaelic
- vrijzinnig, liberaalDutch
- либерал, ще́дрый, оби́льный, либера́льныйRussian
- tự doVietnamese
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