What does liberalism mean?

Definitions for liberalism
ˈlɪb ər əˌlɪz əm, ˈlɪb rə-lib·er·al·ism

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. liberalism(noun)

    a political orientation that favors social progress by reform and by changing laws rather than by revolution

  2. liberalism(noun)

    an economic theory advocating free competition and a self-regulating market

Wiktionary

  1. liberalism(Noun)

    The quality of being liberal.

    Etymology: Circa 1819, from libéralisme circa 1818

  2. liberalism(Noun)

    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.

    Etymology: Circa 1819, from libéralisme circa 1818

  3. liberalism(Noun)

    An economic theory in favour of laissez faire and the free market.

    Etymology: Circa 1819, from libéralisme circa 1818

Webster Dictionary

  1. Liberalism(noun)

    liberal principles; the principles and methods of the liberals in politics or religion; specifically, the principles of the Liberal party

    Etymology: [Cf. F. libralisme.]

Freebase

  1. Liberalism

    Liberalism is a political philosophy or worldview founded on ideas of liberty and equality. Liberals espouse a wide array of views depending on their understanding of these principles, but generally they support ideas such as free and fair elections, civil rights, freedom of the press, freedom of religion, free trade, and private property. Liberalism first became a distinct political movement during the Age of Enlightenment, when it became popular among philosophers and economists in the Western world. Liberalism rejected the notions, common at the time, of hereditary privilege, state religion, absolute monarchy, and the Divine Right of Kings. The 17th century philosopher John Locke is often credited with founding liberalism as a distinct philosophical tradition. Locke argued that each man has a natural right to life, liberty and property and according to the social contract, governments must not violate these rights. Liberals opposed traditional conservatism and sought to replace absolutism in government with democracy and/or republicanism and the rule of law. The revolutionaries of the American Revolution, segments of the French Revolution, and other liberal revolutionaries from that time used liberal philosophy to justify the armed overthrow of what they saw as tyrannical rule. The nineteenth century saw liberal governments established in nations across Europe, Spanish America, and North America. In this period, the dominant ideological opponent of liberalism was classical conservatism.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of liberalism in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of liberalism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of liberalism in a Sentence

  1. Vladimir Putin:

    I wouldn't throw around this term 'liberalism' about this short period. There was an Imperial Duma functioning in Russia before 1917 for 11 years and not one law could pass through without its approval, a few months under the Russian provisional government does not compare with this.

  2. William Gladstone:

    Liberalism is trust of the people, tempered by prudence; conservatism, distrust of people, tempered by fear.

  3. G. K. Chesterton:

    I still believe in liberalism today as much as I ever did, but, oh, there was a happy time when I believed in liberals...

  4. Walter E. Williams:

    Liberalism is a moral manipulation that exaggerates inequity and unfairness in American life in order to justify overreaching public policies and programs. Liberalism undermines the spirit of self-help and individual responsibility. For liberals in academia, the fact that black college students earn lower grades and have a higher dropout rate than any group besides reservation Indians means that blacks remain stymied and victimized by white racism. Thus, their push for affirmative action and other race-based programs is to assuage their guilt and shame for America’s past by having people around with black skin color. The heck with the human being inside that skin.

  5. John Kenneth Galbraith:

    Liberalism is, I think, resurgent. One reason is that more and more people are so painfully aware of the alternative.

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