What does liberal mean?

Definitions for liberal
ˈlɪb ər əl, ˈlɪb rəllib·er·al

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word liberal.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. liberal, liberalist, progressivenoun

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

  2. liberaladjective

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

  3. 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"

  4. liberaladjective

    having political or social views favoring reform and progress

  5. liberaladjective

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

  6. 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"

  7. free, loose, liberaladjective

    not literal

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

Wiktionary

  1. liberalnoun

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

    Etymology: From liberal, from liberalis, from liber.

  2. liberalnoun

    A supporter of any of the particular liberal parties.

    Etymology: From liberal, from liberalis, from liber.

  3. liberalnoun

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

    Etymology: From liberal, from liberalis, from liber.

  4. liberalnoun

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

    Etymology: From liberal, from liberalis, from liber.

  5. liberaladjective

    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.

    Etymology: From liberal, from liberalis, from liber.

  6. liberaladjective

    Generous, bountiful.

    He was liberal with his compliments.

    Etymology: From liberal, from liberalis, from liber.

  7. liberaladjective

    Generous in quantity, abundant.

    Add a liberal sprinkling of salt.

    Etymology: From liberal, from liberalis, from liber.

  8. liberaladjective

    Unrestrained, licentious.

    Etymology: From liberal, from liberalis, from liber.

  9. liberaladjective

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

    Her parents had liberal ideas about child-rearing.

    Etymology: From liberal, from liberalis, from liber.

  10. liberaladjective

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

    Etymology: From liberal, from liberalis, from liber.

  11. Liberaladjective

    Generous, in great amount, a large proportion

    He had a full education studying the liberal arts.

    Etymology: From liberal, from liberalis, from liber.

  12. Liberaladjective

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

    He had a full education studying the liberal arts.

    Etymology: From liberal, from liberalis, from liber.

  13. Liberalnoun

    A member or supporter of a Liberal Party

    Etymology: From liberal, from liberalis, from liber.

  14. Liberalnoun

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

    Etymology: From liberal, from liberalis, from liber.

  15. Liberalnoun

    A Liberal Democrat.

    Etymology: From liberal, from liberalis, from liber.

  16. Liberalnoun

    A Whig

    Etymology: From liberal, from liberalis, from liber.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Liberaladjective

    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. Liberaladjective

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

  3. Liberaladjective

    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. Liberaladjective

    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. Liberaladjective

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

  6. Liberaladjective

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

  7. Liberaladjective

    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. Liberalnoun

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Liberal

    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

  1. Liberal

    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

  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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of liberal in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of liberal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of liberal in a Sentence

  1. Vice President Joe Biden:

    The Senate gets to have a say, in order to get this done, the president is not going to be able to go out, nor would it be his instinct anyway, to pick the most liberal jurist in the nation and put them on the court.

  2. Carrie Severino:

    Donald Trump has been committed to transparency on this issue, biden is trying to play the moderate, but he's trying to bend over backwards and placate the most liberal factions within his base. He doesn't want to commit on anything.

  3. William Jacobson:

    For four years there was a non-stop mainstream liberal media claim that Trump's supposed weakness towards Vladimir Putin meant that Putin 'had something' on Trump and that Trump was compromised, there never was any evidence for that, but it was a persistent media narrative.

  4. Ramzan Kadyrov:

    Let her look for who organized the murder in his circle and not accuse me, i am ... a suspect if you listen to some liberal devils who accuse me of killing Nemtsov. It's total nonsense.

  5. Gregory Nunn:

    A liberal is a man who is right most of the time, but he's right too soon.

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(used of persons) bound to a tract of land; hence their service is transferable from owner to owner
  • A. adscripted
  • B. foreordained
  • C. aculeate
  • D. contagious

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