- Liberal is defined as something that is not restricted.
An example of liberal is an education covering a wide range of subjects.
- Liberal means something that is generous or large.
An example of liberal is a sizable amount of money given to charity.
- A liberal is someone who is open-minded and progressive in their views.
An example of liberal is someone who likes new ideas that will bring progress even if they are not traditional.
- The definition of a liberal is a member of a liberal political party.
An example of liberal is someone who belongs to the Green Party.
- suitable for a freeman; not restricted: now only in liberal arts, liberal education, etc.
- giving freely; generous
- large or plentiful; ample; abundant: a liberal reward
- ⌂ not restricted to the literal meaning; not strict: a liberal interpretation of the Bible
- tolerant of views differing from one's own; broad-minded; specif., not orthodox
- of democratic or republican forms of government, as distinguished from monarchies, aristocracies, etc.
- favoring reform or progress in a particular social or cultural setting, as in religion, education, etc.
- favoring ongoing political reform, promoting in recent times, variously, labor unions, the welfare state, environmentalism, etc.; progressive
- designating or of a political party upholding liberal principles, esp. such a party in England or Canada
- Obs. excessively free or indecorous in behavior; licentious
Origin of liberalOld French ; from Classical Latin liberalis ; from liber, free ; from Indo-European base an unverified form leudhero-, belonging to the people, free ; from base an unverified form leudh-, to grow up, rise from source German leute, people, Old English leodan, to grow
- a person who is liberal () or who favors liberalism
- a member of a Liberal political party
- a. Favoring reform, open to new ideas, and tolerant of the ideas and behavior of others; not bound by traditional thinking; broad-minded. See Synonyms at broad-minded.b. Of, relating to, or characteristic of liberalism.c. Liberal Of, designating, or characteristic of a political party founded on or associated with principles of social and political liberalism, especially in Great Britain, Canada, and the United States.
- a. Tending to give freely; generous: a liberal benefactor.b. Generous in amount; ample: a liberal serving of potatoes.
- Not strict or literal; loose or approximate: a liberal translation.
- Of, relating to, or based on the traditional arts and sciences of a college or university curriculum: a liberal education.
- a. Archaic Permissible or appropriate for a person of free birth; befitting a lady or gentleman.b. Obsolete Morally unrestrained; licentious.
- A person with liberal ideas or opinions.
- Liberal A member of a Liberal political party.
Origin of liberalMiddle English, generous, from Old French, from Latin l&imacron;ber&amacron;lis, from l&imacron;ber, free; see leudh- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more liberal, superlative most liberal)
- (now rare outside of set phrases) Pertaining to those arts and sciences the study of which was considered "worthy of a free man" (as opposed to servile, vocational, mechanical); worthy, befitting a gentleman.
- He had a full education studying the liberal arts.
- Generous, willing to give unsparingly;.
- He was liberal with his compliments.
- Ample, abundant; generous in quantity.
- Add a liberal sprinkling of salt.
- Widely open to new ideas, willing to depart from established opinions or conventions; permissive.
- Her parents had liberal ideas about child-rearing.
- (politics) Open to political or social changes and reforms associated with either classical or modern liberalism.
- Younger people tend to be more liberal than older people.
- One with liberal views, supporting individual liberty (see Wikipedia's article on Liberalism).
- (US) Someone left-wing; one with a left-wing ideology.
- A supporter of any of several liberal parties.
- (UK) One who favors individual voting rights, human and civil rights, individual gun rights, and laissez-faire markets (also called "classical liberal"; compare libertarian).
- (politics) A member or supporter of a Liberal Party
- (Canada) A member or supporter of the Liberal Party of Canada, or its predecessors, or provincial equivalents, or their predecessors
- (UK) A Liberal Democrat.
- (UK, dated) A Whig
- Of or relating to the Liberal party, its membership, or its platform, policy, or viewpoint.
- Generous, in great amount, a large proportion