[ lib-er-uhl, lib-ruhl ]
/ ˈlɪb ər əl, ˈlɪb rəl /
favorable to progress or reform, as in political or religious affairs.
(often initial capital letter) noting or pertaining to a political party advocating measures of progressive political reform.
of, pertaining to, based on, or advocating liberalism, especially the freedom of the individual and governmental guarantees of individual rights and liberties.
favorable to or in accord with concepts of maximum individual freedom possible, especially as guaranteed by law and secured by governmental protection of civil liberties.
favoring or permitting freedom of action, especially with respect to matters of personal belief or expression: a liberal policy toward dissident artists and writers.
of or relating to representational forms of government rather than aristocracies and monarchies.
free from prejudice or bigotry; tolerant: a liberal attitude toward foreigners.
open-minded or tolerant, especially free of or not bound by traditional or conventional ideas, values, etc.
characterized by generosity and willingness to give in large amounts: a liberal donor.
given freely or abundantly; generous: a liberal donation.
not strict or rigorous; free; not literal: a liberal interpretation of a rule.
of, relating to, or based on the liberal arts.
of, relating to, or befitting a freeman.
a person of liberal principles or views, especially in politics or religion.
(often initial capital letter) a member of a liberal party in politics, especially of the Liberal party in Great Britain.
Words nearby liberal
Origin of liberal
1325–75; Middle English < Latin līberālis of freedom, befitting the free, equivalent to līber free + -ālis -al1
SYNONYMS FOR liberal
OTHER WORDS FROM liberal
lib·er·al·ly, adverblib·er·al·ness, nounan·ti·lib·er·al, adjective, nounan·ti·lib·er·al·ly, adverb
an·ti·lib·er·al·ness, nounhalf-lib·er·al, adjectivehalf-lib·er·al·ly, adverbnon·lib·er·al, adjectiveo·ver·lib·er·al, adjectiveo·ver·lib·er·al·ly, adverbpre·lib·er·al, adjective, nounpre·lib·er·al·ly, adverbpseu·do·lib·er·al, adjective, nounpseu·do·lib·er·al·ly, adverbqua·si-lib·er·al, adjectivequa·si-lib·er·al·ly, adverbsem·i·lib·er·al, adjective, nounsem·i·lib·er·al·ly, adverbun·lib·er·al, adjectiveun·lib·er·al·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for pseudo-liberal (1 of 2)
/ (ˈlɪbərəl, ˈlɪbrəl) /
relating to or having social and political views that favour progress and reform
relating to or having policies or views advocating individual freedom
giving and generous in temperament or behaviour
tolerant of other people
abundant; lavisha liberal helping of cream
not strict; freea liberal translation
of or relating to an education that aims to develop general cultural interests and intellectual ability
a person who has liberal ideas or opinions
Derived forms of liberalliberally, adverbliberalness, noun
Word Origin for liberal
C14: from Latin līberālis of freedom, from līber free
British Dictionary definitions for pseudo-liberal (2 of 2)
/ (ˈlɪbərəl, ˈlɪbrəl) /
a member or supporter of a Liberal Party or Liberal Democrat party
of or relating to a Liberal Party
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Cultural definitions for pseudo-liberal
A descriptive term for persons, policies, and beliefs associated with liberalism.
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