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1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) one of the former major political parties in Britain; in 1988 merged with the Social Democratic Party to form the Social and Liberal Democrats; renamed the Liberal Democrats in 1989
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) one of the major political parties in Australia, a conservative party, generally opposed to the Labor Party
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) one of the major political parties in Canada, generally representing viewpoints between those of the Conservative Party and the New Democratic Party
4. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) any other party supporting liberal policies
1. a British political party formed in the 1830's as successor to the Whigs; dominant until World War I.
2. any other political party advocating liberal policies.
A British centrist political party evolving from the 1830s and containing radical elements as well as remnants of the old Whig Party.