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What does liberal mean?
Liberal means favorable to reform or progress, such as in religion or politics. Generally, a person is considered to be liberal if they support changes or reforms to something, as in The pastor was especially liberal and argued for changes to the ceremony to better fit with modern society.
Liberal also means of, related to, based on, or supporting liberalism, a philosophy that argues for maximum individual freedoms and liberties.
Somewhat related to this, liberal can mean open minded or tolerant, as in She had a liberal attitude toward foreign immigrants.
Liberal is also used to mean not strict or not literal, as in The judge practiced a liberal interpretation of the truancy laws, often not punishing students for skipping school.
And liberal is used to describe generous giving, as in John was a liberal donor to his college.
Finally, liberal can be a synonym for abundant or ample, as in He dumped a liberal amount of sprinkles on his ice cream.
As a noun, liberal is used to refer to a person who has liberal views, especially on politics or religion. When capitalized, Liberal refers to a member of a liberal political party, such as the Liberal party of Great Britain.
Example: The prime minister faced intense criticism from the liberal members of the government, who demanded change to the traditional policies.
Where does liberal come from?
The first records of liberal come from around 1350. It ultimately comes from the Latin līberālis, meaning “befitting the free, honorable.” The emphasis of freedom is a major point of liberalism.
What is considered liberal is often subjective. It depends heavily on the beliefs or attitudes of the person using the word, especially in relation to the society or organization they belong to.
For example, in the United States the word liberal is often used to refer to the Democratic Party and its beliefs, while the Republican Party is considered conservative. However, a person from the United Kingdom might consider both parties to be conservative, as neither one has historically argued for more liberal policies found in the UK, such as universal public healthcare.
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What are some other forms related to liberal?
- liberally (adverb)
- liberalness (noun)
- antiliberal (adjective, noun)
- antiliberally (adverb)
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How is liberal used in real life?
Liberal is most often used to mean favorable to reform or progress, even when that is used as an insult.
I am a proud Liberal from Oklahoma – a very red state.
— Debbie Wade (@dwade828) March 6, 2010
This thing where the minority of right wing Jews in America think they somehow have the authority to excommunicate the liberal-left majority from Judaism is really tiresome. Our values are no less Jewish because we seek to apply them universally.
— Adam Serwer 🍝 (@AdamSerwer) November 21, 2019
As a liberal-leaning public educator who believes in social justice I think this is one of the stupidest takes I’ve seen on Twitter. I like 75% of these movies.
— Steven Zapata (@szilla11) April 1, 2021
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How to use liberal in a sentence
She endorsed Biden in April — after Sanders, with whom she had been fighting for the liberal vote, did so — and was widely reported to have been on Biden’s short list as a possible running mate.Trump, in town hall, says he wouldn’t have done anything differently on pandemic|Colby Itkowitz, Josh Dawsey, Felicia Sonmez, John Wagner|September 16, 2020|Washington Post
San Diego’s new policy seems to be a little less liberal, according to a document obtained by Voice of San Diego.The Learning Curve: San Diego Unified Is Terrified of Kids Opting Out|Will Huntsberry|September 10, 2020|Voice of San Diego
That’s two of the court’s remaining four liberal justices in their 80s.
It’s a little bit more conservative, but you still have plenty of liberal thought here.Full Transcript: Tomi Lahren on ‘The Carlos Watson Show’|Daniel Malloy|August 31, 2020|Ozy
For the first time this century, a liberal Democratic candidate has a real shot at the seat, according to forecastsin the deep-red state.
Obviously, the first obligation of all liberal democratic governments is to enforce the rule of law.Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Our Duty Is to Keep Charlie Hebdo Alive|Ayaan Hirsi Ali|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
To be a liberal, you have to stand up for liberal principles.Bill Maher: Hundreds of Millions of Muslims Support Attack on ‘Charlie Hebdo’|Lloyd Grove|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
A hundred ultra-wealthy liberal and conservative donors have taken over the political system.
Liberal Democrats like to blow their bugles about how all the big money in politics comes from rich Republicans.
The election of 1964 produced the most liberal Congress since the Democratic landslide of 1936.
But the liberal soul deviseth liberal things, and by liberal things shall he stand.
She must be freed through the progress of Liberal ideas in France and Germany—not by her own inherent energies.Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley
Then he suddenly went in for politics and announced himself an uncompromising Liberal.
Joseph, with his liberal ideas, had attempted to free the people from clerical thraldom.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison
A woman with such capabilities would be wasted in the rle of a mere countess—but as the wife of an aspiring Liberal statesman!
British Dictionary definitions for liberal (1 of 2)
Derived forms of liberalliberally, adverbliberalness, noun
Word Origin for liberal
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Cultural definitions for liberal
A descriptive term for persons, policies, and beliefs associated with liberalism.