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libertarian

[ lib-er-tair-ee-uhn ]
/ ˌlɪb ərˈtɛər i ən /
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noun
a person who advocates liberty, especially with regard to thought or conduct.
a person who maintains the doctrine of free will (distinguished from necessitarian).
adjective
advocating liberty or conforming to principles of liberty.
maintaining the doctrine of free will.
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Origin of libertarian

First recorded in 1780–90; libert(y) + -arian

OTHER WORDS FROM libertarian

lib·er·tar·i·an·ism, nounan·ti·lib·er·tar·i·an, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for libertarian

libertarian
/ (ˌlɪbəˈtɛərɪən) /

noun
a believer in freedom of thought, expression, etc
philosophy a believer in the doctrine of free willCompare determinism
adjective
of, relating to, or characteristic of a libertarian

Derived forms of libertarian

libertarianism, noun

Word Origin for libertarian

C18: from liberty
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