the quality or state of being liberal; specif.,
- a political philosophy advocating personal freedom for the individual, democratic forms of government, gradual reform in political and social institutions, etc.
- a movement in Protestantism advocating a broad interpretation of the Bible, freedom from rigid doctrine and authoritarianism, etc.
- The state or quality of being liberal.
- a. A political theory founded on the natural goodness of humans and the autonomy of the individual and favoring civil and political liberties, government by law with the consent of the governed, and protection from arbitrary authority.b. often Liberalism The tenets or policies of a Liberal party.
- An economic theory in favor of laissez-faire, the free market, and the gold standard.
- Liberalisma. A 19th-century Protestant movement that favored free intellectual inquiry, stressed the ethical and humanitarian content of Christianity, and de-emphasized dogmatic theology.b. A 19th-century Roman Catholic movement that favored political democracy and ecclesiastical reform but was theologically orthodox.
(countable and uncountable, plural liberalisms)
Circa 1819, from French libéralisme circa 1818