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

Examples from the Web for liberality

Historical Examples of liberality

  • If we don't profit by that liberality the fault is not His but our own.

  • The cost of this act of liberality amounted nearly to L2000.

  • The liberality of one who has much, in permitting one who has nothing to get all that he can.

  • Generosity and liberality, like honesty, prove the best policy after all.


    Samuel Smiles

  • Rich, noble and great they are by the liberality of our speech, but truth is sad.

    Essays, First Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

British Dictionary definitions for liberality


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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