Liberalism meaning

lĭbər-ə-lĭzəm, lĭbrə-
The quality or state of being liberal.
  • A political philosophy advocating personal freedom for the individual, democratic forms of government, continual reform in political and social institutions, etc.
  • The advocating of reforms.
  • A movement in Protestantism advocating a broad interpretation of the Bible, freedom from rigid doctrine and authoritarianism, etc.
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Any political movement founded on the autonomy and personal freedom of the individual, progress and reform, and government by law with the consent of the governed.
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The state or quality of being liberal.
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An economic theory in favor of laissez-faire, the free market, and the gold standard.
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The quality of being liberal.
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An economic theory in favour of laissez faire and the free market.
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Origin of liberalism

  • Circa 1819, from French libéralisme circa 1818

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