liberal

[lib-er-uhl, lib-ruhl]

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.

Nearby words

  1. libelously,
  2. liber,
  3. liber extra,
  4. libera,
  5. liberace,
  6. liberal arts,
  7. liberal democrat,
  8. liberal democrats,
  9. liberal education,
  10. liberal elite

Origin of liberal

1325–75; Middle English < Latin līberālis of freedom, befitting the free, equivalent to līber free + -ālis -al1

Related forms

Synonym study

9. See generous. 10. See ample.

Liberal

[lib-er-uh l, lib-ruh l]

noun

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British Dictionary definitions for liberal

liberal

adjective

relating to or having social and political views that favour progress and reform
relating to or having policies or views advocating individual freedom
giving and generous in temperament or behaviour
tolerant of other people
abundant; lavisha liberal helping of cream
not strict; freea liberal translation
of or relating to an education that aims to develop general cultural interests and intellectual ability

noun

a person who has liberal ideas or opinions
Derived Formsliberally, adverbliberalness, noun

Word Origin for liberal

C14: from Latin līberālis of freedom, from līber free

Liberal

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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Word Origin and History for liberal
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Culture definitions for liberal

liberal

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

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