Liberal-arts meaning

Academic disciplines, including literature, history, languages, philosophy, mathematics, and general sciences, viewed in contrast to professional and technical disciplines.
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The disciplines comprising the trivium and quadrivium.
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The subjects in the trivium and quadrivium.
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The subjects of an academic college course, including literature, philosophy, languages, history, and, usually, survey courses of the sciences, as distinguished from professional or technical subjects.
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Those areas of learning that require and cultivate general intellectual ability rather than technical skills; the humanities.
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Origin of liberal-arts

  • Middle English translation of Medieval Latin artēs liberālēs the trivium and quadrivium Latin artēs pl. of ars subject of study līberālēs pl. of līberālis proper to free persons

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