[ lib-uh-ral-i-tee ]
/ ˌlɪb əˈræl ɪ ti /

noun, plural lib·er·al·i·ties.

the quality or condition of being liberal in giving; generosity; bounty.
a liberal gift.
breadth of mind.
broadness or fullness, as of proportions or physical attributes.

Origin of liberality

1300–50; Middle English liberalite < Latin līberālitās. See liberal, -ity
Related formso·ver·lib·er·al·i·ty, nounpre·lib·er·al·i·ty, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for liberality


/ (ˌlɪbəˈrælɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

generosity; bounty
the quality or condition of being liberal
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Word Origin and History for liberality



mid-14c., "generosity," from Old French liberalité "generosity, liberality" (13c.), from Latin liberalitatem (nominative liberalitas) "way of thinking or acting befitting a free man," noun of quality from liberalis (see liberal (adj.)).

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