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, 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"

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).

    Etymology: From liberal, from liberalis, from liber.

  2. liberal(Noun)

    A supporter of any of the particular liberal parties.

    Etymology: From liberal, from liberalis, from liber.

  3. liberal(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From liberal, from liberalis, from liber.

  4. liberal(Noun)

    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. 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.

    Etymology: From liberal, from liberalis, from liber.

  6. liberal(Adjective)

    Generous, bountiful.

    He was liberal with his compliments.

    Etymology: From liberal, from liberalis, from liber.

  7. liberal(Adjective)

    Generous in quantity, abundant.

    Add a liberal sprinkling of salt.

    Etymology: From liberal, from liberalis, from liber.

  8. liberal(Adjective)

    Unrestrained, licentious.

    Etymology: From liberal, from liberalis, from liber.

  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.

    Etymology: From liberal, from liberalis, from liber.

  10. liberal(Adjective)

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

    Etymology: From liberal, from liberalis, from liber.

  11. Liberal(Adjective)

    Generous, in great amount, a large proportion

    He had a full education studying the liberal arts.

    Etymology: From liberal, from liberalis, from liber.

  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.

    Etymology: From liberal, from liberalis, from liber.

  13. Liberal(ProperNoun)

    A member or supporter of a Liberal Party

    Etymology: From liberal, from liberalis, from liber.

  14. Liberal(ProperNoun)

    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. Liberal(ProperNoun)

    A Liberal Democrat.

    Etymology: From liberal, from liberalis, from liber.

  16. Liberal(ProperNoun)

    A Whig

    Etymology: 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.

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. Matthew Foldi:

    We put it on ourselves to listen to liberal, far-left ideas because otherwise you are not learning anything, this is the first time Bannon is making a public appearance since leaving Breitbart. It’s impossible to say there is nothing to learn here.

  2. Andrew Wilkie:

    Neither the Labor Party or the Liberal Party have a God-given right to rule.

  3. Jason Miller:

    Directionally Biden's liberal policies really scare people, and more are unaware of the crazy leftist lurch Joe Biden's made since the primary, i would expect them to be fully educated on all of it by Election Day though.

  4. Donald Trump Michael Cohen:

    Many of them are using the language and the unfortunate liberal media's attack upon Mr. Trump to go ahead and jump all over him.

  5. Ted Cruz:

    I thank God some well-meaning liberal didn't come put his arm around my dad as a teenage immigrant.

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