the state of being or becoming more favorable to progress or reform, as in political or religious affairs: The liberalization of Anglican thought predates the rise of Protestant fundamentalism.
the act or process of making something, such as laws or regulations, less restrictive, or the state of being or becoming less restrictive:The president has proposed liberalization of the criminal code to allow for a reduction in maximum sentences and the introduction of monetary fines for less severe offenses.The government is updating existing contracts with some foreign companies to favor liberalization and free market competition.
- Also especially British, lib·er·al·i·sa·tion .
- o·ver·lib·er·al·i·za·tion, noun
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How to use liberalization in a sentence
While smoking bans indoors have become pretty ubiquitous, this research may have new relevance as states begin liberalizing marijuana laws and cracking down on e-cigarettes and vaping.Study: Smoking bans saved countless lives — could they have increased drunk driving? | Jerusalem Demsas | December 24, 2020 | Vox
First of all, the energy market was not as liberalized as it is today.She’s pushing a green, digital, diverse future. And this CEO doesn’t care who the president is | kdunn6 | November 22, 2020 | Fortune
In the two nascent, newly liberalized industries, there is an opportunity for states to begin making up some of those deficits by legalizing, regulating, and taxing them.As states face budget shortfalls, cannabis and sports betting could flourish | reymashayekhi | October 31, 2020 | Fortune
The city has gone beyond state mandates in liberalizing its granny flat regulations, and the City Council could this year move those policies forward yet again.Single-Family Zoning’s Century of Supremacy in San Diego | Andrew Keatts | August 26, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
Since 2000, 17 states have liberalized their fireworks laws, with Massachusetts the lone state that completely prohibits people from owning and using them.Fireworks Usage Is Exploding. But July 4th Silence Awaits | Andrew R. Chow | June 19, 2020 | Time
Widespread greed, corruption, and sexual violence predate economic liberalization in 1991.Delhi in Crisis: How Corruption Rotted a Great Capital | William O’Connor | May 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The president is expected to call for more liberalization agreements in the State of the Union.Obama Wants to Fight Income Inequality…With More Free Trade? | Lloyd Green | January 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Global shipping and trade liberalization has made it more practical to manufacture in low wage countries.
Bashar al-Assad favored the adoption of Western-promoted neoliberalism and economic liberalization.In Syria, Follow the Money to Find the Roots of the Revolt | Majid Rafizadeh | April 8, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Economic liberalization without political reform to spread that wealth triggered the civil war, writes Majid Rafizadeh.In Syria, Follow the Money to Find the Roots of the Revolt | Majid Rafizadeh | April 8, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
After the war she will probably lead all other countries in a sane and scientific liberalization.A Traveller in War-Time | Winston Churchill
Within the church two forces are working towards its liberalization.Introducing the American Spirit | Edward A. Steiner
It was enlargement, liberalization, extension of intellectual opportunity for man simply as man.The Library and Society | Various
For one thing, the liberalization of policy and practices affected only a relatively small percentage of the Negroes in the Navy.Integration of the Armed Forces, 1940-1965 | Morris J. MacGregor, Jr.
Again an apparent liberalization of departmental racial policy actually promised very little change.Integration of the Armed Forces, 1940-1965 | Morris J. MacGregor, Jr.