Libertarian meaning

lĭb'ər-târ'ē-ən
One who advocates maximizing individual rights and minimizing the role of the state.
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One who believes in free will.
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A person who believes in the doctrine of the freedom of the will.
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A person who believes in full individual freedom of thought, expression, and action.
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Of or upholding libertarian principles.
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Of, belonging to, or characteristic of the Libertarian Party.
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One who advocates liberty either generally or on a specific issue, e.g. "civil libertarian" (in favour of civil liberties).
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(chiefly US) A believer in a political doctrine that emphasizes individual liberty and a lack of governmental regulation and oversight both in matters of the economy ('free market') and in personal behavior where no one's rights are being violated or threatened. Also 'classical liberal', akin to 'anarcho-capitalist'.
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(chiefly Europe) An anarchist, typically with socialist implications.
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(philosophy) A believer in thinking beings' freedom to choose their own destiny, i.e. a believer in free will as opposed to those who believe the future is predetermined.
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(US, prefixed to "Republican") A member of the Republican Party (especially a legislat) who emphasizes economic and Constitutional, rather than religious and personal, aspects of the party's platform.
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(US, prefixed to "Democrat") A member of the Democratic Party (especially a legislat) who emphasizes personal and international, rather than economic, aspects of the party's platform.
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Having the beliefs of libertarians; having a relative tendency towards liberty.
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(dated) Relating to liberty, or to the doctrine of free will, as opposed to the doctrine of necessity.
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(politics) A member of a political party or movement that uses the term "Libertarian" in its name (e.g., the Libertarian Party of the United States); one who is likely to support policies that are libertarian.
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(politics) Of, or pertaining, to the Libetarian Party in the United States.
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Origin of libertarian

  • From liberty
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • 1789 liberty +"Ž -arian
    From Wiktionary