liberal

[ lib-er-uhl, lib-ruhl ]
/ ˈlɪb ər əl, ˈlɪb rəl /

adjective

noun

a person of liberal principles or views, especially in politics or religion.
(often initial capital letter) a member of a liberal party in politics, especially of the Liberal party in Great Britain.

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Origin of liberal

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Old French, from Latin līberālis “of freedom, befitting the free, honorable,” equivalent to līber “free, open, frank” + -ālis -al1

synonym study for liberal

9. See generous. 10. See ample.

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Definition for liberal (2 of 2)

Liberal
[ lib-er-uhl, lib-ruhl ]
/ ˈlɪb ər əl, ˈlɪb rəl /

noun

a city in SW Kansas.
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British Dictionary definitions for liberal (1 of 2)

liberal
/ (ˈlɪbərəl, ˈlɪbrəl) /

adjective

noun

a person who has liberal ideas or opinions

Derived forms of liberal

liberally, adverbliberalness, noun

Word Origin for liberal

C14: from Latin līberālis of freedom, from līber free

British Dictionary definitions for liberal (2 of 2)

Liberal
/ (ˈlɪbərəl, ˈlɪbrəl) /

noun

a member or supporter of a Liberal Party or Liberal Democrat party

adjective

of or relating to a Liberal Party
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Cultural definitions for liberal

liberal

A descriptive term for persons, policies, and beliefs associated with liberalism.

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