the quality or state of being liberal, as in behavior or attitude.
a political or social philosophy advocating the freedom of the individual, parliamentary systems of government, nonviolent modification of political, social, or economic institutions to assure unrestricted development in all spheres of human endeavor, and governmental guarantees of individual rights and civil liberties.
(sometimes initial capital letter) the principles and practices of a liberal party in politics.
a movement in modern Protestantism that emphasizes freedom from tradition and authority, the adjustment of religious beliefs to scientific conceptions, and the development of spiritual capacities.
- lib·er·al·ist, noun, adjective
- lib·er·al·is·tic, adjective
- an·ti·lib·er·al·ism, noun
- an·ti·lib·er·al·ist, noun, adjective
- an·ti·lib·er·al·is·tic, adjective
- non·lib·er·al·ism, noun
- sem·i·lib·er·al·ism, noun
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How to use liberalism in a sentence
The problem Breyer describes in his book is one at the heart of liberalism.Justice Breyer’s new warning for Democrats couldn’t have come at a worse time | Ian Millhiser | May 29, 2021 | Vox
They came to believe New Deal liberalism was undermining American sovereignty and paving the way for Armageddon.Breaking evangelical resistance to coronavirus vaccines will be hard | Matthew Sutton | May 21, 2021 | Washington Post
The second half of the 1960s was not kind to his brand of liberalism.
His liberalism was at heart a process not an ideology, his passion for change tempered by his faith in government institutions.
To do so, Mondale articulated a new, more tempered liberalism.
Sometimes democracy and liberalism are about speaking up about the great issues, like a massive foreign war.A Few Great Men Too Many: Aaron Sorkin Doesn’t Think You Can Handle the Truth | Arthur Chu | December 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
From its founding in 1914, The New Republic has been the flagship and forum of American liberalism.Facebook Prince Purges The New Republic: Inside the Destruction of a 100-Year-Old Magazine | Lloyd Grove | December 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
liberalism in the United States today is the politics that dares not speak its name.American Dreams: How Bush Shaped Our Reading of Roth’s ‘The Plot Against America’ | Nathaniel Rich | November 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Usually, though, old-fashioned liberalism is very much at the fore in Puck.
Even so, Maher has identified a problem within Western liberalism today.
Sir Graham took me up and we fell into a discussion of the changing qualities of liberalism.The New Machiavelli | Herbert George Wells
This reunion of the Conservatives became the nucleus of a great reaction against liberalism.
In the Prussian parliament seventy-three members broke off from the rest, calling themselves Reaction against liberalism.
It is noticeable that in 1894 when this motion was introduced it was lost; a striking instance of the decay of liberalism.
You should first know what liberalism means, and then assure yourself that the thing itself is good.The Prime Minister | Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for liberalism
liberal opinions, practices, or politics
a movement in modern Protestantism that rejects biblical authority
- liberalist, noun, adjective
- liberalistic, adjective
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Cultural definitions for liberalism
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