Definitions of liberal

  1. a person who favors an economic theory of laissez- faire and self- regulating markets
  2. One who favors greater freedom in political or religious matters; an opponent of the established systems; a reformer; in English politics, a member of the party, so called. Cf. Whig.
  3. One who believes in extension of freedom in political, social, religlous, and other institutions; liberal arts, the branches of academic learning, such as literature, history, science, language, etc.
  4. One who advocates greater freedom in political institutions.
  5. Liberality.
  6. A member of a liberal party.
  7. Liberalism.
  8. One who advocates greater freedom in political institutions and more especially their greater popularization.
  9. A party name, denoting one who advocates the extension of popular rights or influence.
  10. having political or social views favoring reform and progress
  11. tolerant of change; not bound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy, or tradition
  12. Bestowing in a large and noble way, as a freeman; generous; bounteous; open- handed; as, a liberal giver.
  13. Not strict or rigorous; not confined or restricted to the literal sense; free; as, a liberal translation of a classic, or a liberal construction of law or of language.
  14. Not narrow or contracted in mind; not selfish; enlarged in spirit; catholic.
  15. Free to excess; regardless of law or moral restraint; licentious.
  16. Not bound by orthodox tenets or established forms in political or religious philosophy; independent in opinion; not conservative; friendly to great freedom in the constitution or administration of government; having tendency toward democratic or republican, as distinguished from monarchical or aristocratic, forms; as, liberal thinkers; liberal Christians; the Liberal party.
  17. One who favors greater freedom in political or religious matters; an opponent of the established systems; a reformer; in English politics, a member of the Liberal party, so called. Cf. Whig.
  18. Generous; plentiful; free from narrowness in ideas or doctrines.
  19. Becoming a gentleman: generous: noble- minded: candid: free: free from restraint: general, extensive.
  20. Generous; nobleminded, candid, free.
  21. Free and generous; bountiful; not bigoted; broad.
  22. Giving largely; munificent; generous; ample; large; not selfish or narrow; embracing other interests than one's own; favorable to liberty and progress; becoming a gentleman; refined; free; open; candid; not too literal.
  23. Free in giving or bestowing; not mean; becoming a gentleman; generous; not narrow- minded; tolerant of the opinions and practices of others; not strict.
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