Liberal meaning

lĭbər-əl, lĭbrəl
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Giving freely; generous.
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Suitable for a freeman; not restricted.
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Not restricted to the literal meaning; not strict.

A liberal interpretation of the Bible.

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Large or plentiful; ample; abundant.

A liberal reward.

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Of democratic or republican forms of government, as distinguished from monarchies, aristocracies, etc.
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Designating or of a political party upholding liberal principles, esp. such a party in England or Canada.
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A person who is liberal or who favors liberalism.
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Not strict or literal; loose or approximate.

A liberal translation.

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A person with liberal ideas or opinions.
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Of, relating to, or based on the traditional arts and sciences of a college or university curriculum.

A liberal education.

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Tolerant of views differing from one's own; broad-minded; specif., not orthodox.
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Liberal is defined as something that is not restricted.

An example of liberal is an education covering a wide range of subjects.

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Liberal means something that is generous or large.

An example of liberal is a sizable amount of money given to charity.

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A member of a Liberal political party.
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A member of a Liberal political party.
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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.

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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.

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(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.

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Generous, willing to give unsparingly;.

He was liberal with his compliments.

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Ample, abundant; generous in quantity.

Add a liberal sprinkling of salt.

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Widely open to new ideas, willing to depart from established opinions or conventions; permissive.

Her parents had liberal ideas about child-rearing.

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(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.

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One with liberal views, supporting individual liberty (see Wikipedia's article on Liberalism).
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(US) Someone left-wing; one with a left-wing ideology.
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A supporter of any of several liberal parties.
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(UK) One who favors individual voting rights, human and civil rights, individual gun rights, and laissez-faire markets (also called "classical liberal"; compare libertarian).
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(politics) A member or supporter of a Liberal Party.
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(Canada) A member or supporter of the Liberal Party of Canada, or its predecessors, or provincial equivalents, or their predecessors.
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(UK) A Liberal Democrat.
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(UK, dated) A Whig.
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Of or relating to the Liberal party, its membership, or its platform, policy, or viewpoint.
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Generous, in great amount, a large proportion.
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(obs.) Excessively free or indecorous in behavior; licentious.
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Origin of liberal

  • Middle English generous from Old French from Latin līberālis from līber free leudh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • The adjective is from Old French liberal, from Latin liberalis (“befitting a freeman"), from liber (“free"); it is attested since the 14th century. The noun is first attested in the 1800s.

    From Wiktionary