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ˌlɪb ərˈtɛər i ənlib·er·tar·i·an

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. libertariannoun

    an advocate of libertarianism

  2. libertariannoun

    someone who believes the doctrine of free will


  1. libertariannoun

    One who advocates liberty either generally or on a specific issue, e.g. "civil libertarian" (in favour of civil liberties).

  2. libertariannoun

    A believer in a political doctrine that emphasizes individual liberty and a lack of governmental regulation and oversight both in matters of the economy ('free market') and in personal behavior where no one's rights are being violated or threatened. Also 'classical liberal', akin to 'anarcho-capitalist'.

  3. libertariannoun

    An anarchist, typically with socialist implications.

  4. libertariannoun

    In the philosophy branch of metaphysics, a believer in thinking beings' freedom to choose their own destiny, i.e. a believer in free will as opposed to those who believe the future is predetermined.

  5. libertariannoun

    a member of the Republican Party (especially a legislator) who emphasizes economic and Constitutional, rather than religious and personal, aspects of the party's platform.

  6. libertarianadjective

    Relating to the beliefs of libertarians, as in, "He has libertarian views". A relative tendency towards liberty, as in "libertarian capitalist".

  7. Libertariannoun

    A member of a political party or movement that uses the term "Libertarian" in its name (e.g., the Libertarian Party of the United States); one who is likely to support policies that are libertarian.


  1. libertarian

    Libertarianism (from French: libertaire, "libertarian"; from Latin: libertas, "freedom") is a political philosophy that upholds liberty as a core value. Libertarians seek to maximize autonomy and political freedom, and minimize the state's encroachment on and violations of individual liberties; emphasizing the rule of law, pluralism, cosmopolitanism, cooperation, civil and political rights, bodily autonomy, free association, free trade, freedom of expression, freedom of choice, freedom of movement, individualism, and voluntary association. Libertarians are often skeptical of or opposed to authority, state power, warfare, militarism and nationalism, but some libertarians diverge on the scope of their opposition to existing economic and political systems. Various schools of Libertarian thought offer a range of views regarding the legitimate functions of state and private power, often calling for the restriction or dissolution of coercive social institutions. Different categorizations have been used to distinguish various forms of Libertarianism. Scholars distinguish libertarian views on the nature of property and capital, usually along left–right or socialist–capitalist lines. Libertarians of various schools were influenced by liberal ideas.Libertarianism originated as a form of left-wing politics such as anti-authoritarian and anti-state socialists like anarchists, especially social anarchists, but more generally libertarian communists/Marxists and libertarian socialists. These libertarians seek to abolish capitalism and private ownership of the means of production, or else to restrict their purview or effects to usufruct property norms, in favor of common or cooperative ownership and management, viewing private property as a barrier to freedom and liberty. While all libertarians support some level of individual rights, left-libertarians differ by supporting an egalitarian redistribution of natural resources. Left-libertarian ideologies include anarchist schools of thought, alongside many other anti-paternalist and New Left schools of thought centered around economic egalitarianism as well as geolibertarianism, green politics, market-oriented left-libertarianism and the Steiner–Vallentyne school. Around the turn of the 21st century, libertarian socialism grew in popularity and influence as part of the anti-war, anti-capitalist and anti-globalisation movements.In the mid-20th century, American right-libertarian proponents of anarcho-capitalism and minarchism co-opted the term libertarian to advocate laissez-faire capitalism and strong private property rights such as in land, infrastructure and natural resources. The latter is the dominant form of libertarianism in the United States. This new form of libertarianism was a revival of classical liberalism in the United States, which occurred due to American liberals embracing progressivism and economic interventionism in the early 20th century after the Great Depression and with the New Deal. Since the 1970s, right-libertarianism has spread beyond the United States, with right-libertarian parties being established in the United Kingdom, Israel, and South Africa. Minarchists advocate for night-watchman states which maintain only those functions of government necessary to safeguard natural rights, understood in terms of self-ownership or autonomy, while anarcho-capitalists advocate for the replacement of all state institutions with private institutions.Other forms of libertarianism include libertarian paternalism, which advocates for a society "in which the state and other institutions are allowed to Nudge people to make decisions that serve their own long-term interests." while allowing them "to opt out"; neo-libertarianism, which combines "the libertarian's moral commitment to negative liberty with a procedure that selects principles for restricting liberty on the basis of a unanimous agreement in which everyone's particular interests receive a fair hearing"; and libertarian populism, which combines libertarian and populist politics, opposing "big government" while also opposing "other large, centralized institutions".


  1. libertarian

    A libertarian is a person who advocates for a political philosophy promoting minimal government intervention, individual freedom, free market capitalism, non-aggression principle, and voluntary association. They believe in the maximization of individual rights and liberty, often opposing established forms of governmental control and intervention. Libertarianism can vary widely in terms of specifics, with differing beliefs on issues such as property rights, economic regulation, social issues, etc.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Libertarianadjective

    pertaining to liberty, or to the doctrine of free will, as opposed to the doctrine of necessity

  2. Libertariannoun

    one who holds to the doctrine of free will

  3. Etymology: [See Liberty.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of libertarian in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of libertarian in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of libertarian in a Sentence

  1. Matt Strawn:

    Cruz's comments on (phone call) metadata help him with a significant share of Iowa's libertarian-oriented vote, while Rubio's responses are exactly what traditional national security conservatives in Iowa want to hear, little happened to alter the dynamic of the race as we approach Christmas.

  2. Pete Buttigieg:

    Some people my age are seduced by this libertarian idea of having very little of anything by way of a role for government. I found that in my personal experience, freedom is secured by good government just as it’s threatened by bad government.

  3. Greg King:

    Meme coins are a little distracting, but I guess it's part of the libertarian side of crypto, there will be a lot of tokens ranging from silly to serious and many in between.

  4. Jeffrey Abramson:

    Ken Paxton's an extreme conservative who plays political hardball, ken Paxton subscribes to a libertarian philosophy which puts an emphasis on individual rights and very, very little emphasis on there being any common good or public good at all.

  5. Max Levchin:

    I remember building PayPal, we were filled with libertarian ideals. We thought that it would be great to give the world a new currency, we were not really asking the question,' Is it good for humanity ?'.

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