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1. One who advocates maximizing individual rights and minimizing the role of the state.
2. One who believes in free will.

[From liberty.]

lib′er·tar′i·an adj.
lib′er·tar′i·an·ism n.


1. one who advocates liberty, especially with regard to thought or conduct.
2. the philosophical doctrine of free will. Cf. necessitarianism, determinism, fatalism.libertarian, n., adj.
See also: Philosophy
1. the advocacy of freedom, especially in thought or conduct.
2. Theology. the advocacy of the doctrine of free will. See also necessitarianism. — libertarian, n., adj.
See also: Freedom
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.libertarianism - an ideological belief in freedom of thought and speech
ideology, political orientation, political theory - an orientation that characterizes the thinking of a group or nation


[ˌlɪbəˈtɛərɪənɪzəm] N (= philosophy) → libertarismo m, doctrina f libertaria; (= personal philosophy) → ideas fpl libertarias
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First of all, mere "hatred" is not an aggressive act, and hence, not a crime under libertarian theory (and therefore no inchoate offence could be built on it).
Within the libertarian theory of distributive justice he prefers, distributions may--and often will--be unequal, but that inequality is just--and often desirable--when it results from basic principles of acquisition and transfer.
Dolan's first critique focuses on the libertarian theory (8) of justice in property titles.
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org), vice president for international programs at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, is the author of Realizing Freedom: Libertarian Theory, History, and Practice (Cato).
In Part 2, 'Persons, Rational Action, and Free Will', Lowe develops and defends a libertarian theory of free action.
In particular, Kant's early conversion to a libertarian theory of freedom, together with his rejection of occasionalism, provides the basis for a compelling argument for the indispensability of world-mind affection relations.
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