civil-libertarian


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Adj.1.civil-libertarian - having or showing active concern for protection of civil liberties protected by law
liberal - tolerant of change; not bound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy, or tradition
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The White House's abuses, such as spying on citizens and depriving suspected terrorists of basic human rights like habeas corpus, are today triggering fear outside the usual civil-libertarian circles.
Pollitt: Although there are certainly particular issues where you might find your wish to see women safe and cheerful conflict with your civil-libertarian outlook, basically I see these as having much more in common than opposed.
I found this personal contact more troubling than the regular admonitions from civil-libertarian organizations of the danger these individuals and groups represented.