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lib·er·al

 (lĭb′ər-əl, lĭb′rəl)
adj.
1.
a. Favoring reform, open to new ideas, and tolerant of the ideas and behavior of others; not bound by traditional thinking; broad-minded. See Synonyms at broad-minded.
b. Of, relating to, or characteristic of liberalism.
c. Liberal Of, designating, or characteristic of a political party founded on or associated with principles of social and political liberalism, especially in Great Britain, Canada, and the United States.
2.
a. Tending to give freely; generous: a liberal benefactor.
b. Generous in amount; ample: a liberal serving of potatoes.
3. Not strict or literal; loose or approximate: a liberal translation.
4. Of, relating to, or based on the traditional arts and sciences of a college or university curriculum: a liberal education.
5.
a. Archaic Permissible or appropriate for a person of free birth; befitting a lady or gentleman.
b. Obsolete Morally unrestrained; licentious.
n.
1. A person with liberal ideas or opinions.
2. Liberal A member of a Liberal political party.

[Middle English, generous, from Old French, from Latin līberālis, from līber, free; see leudh- in Indo-European roots.]

lib′er·al·ly adv.
lib′er·al·ness n.
Synonyms: liberal, freehanded, generous, munificent, openhanded
These adjectives mean willing or marked by a willingness to give unstintingly: a liberal backer of the arts; a freehanded host; a generous donation; a munificent gift; fond and openhanded grandparents.
Antonym: stingy

liberal

(ˈlɪbərəl; ˈlɪbrəl)
adj
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) relating to or having social and political views that favour progress and reform
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) relating to or having policies or views advocating individual freedom
3. giving and generous in temperament or behaviour
4. tolerant of other people
5. abundant; lavish: a liberal helping of cream.
6. not strict; free: a liberal translation.
7. (Education) of or relating to an education that aims to develop general cultural interests and intellectual ability
n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a person who has liberal ideas or opinions
[C14: from Latin līberālis of freedom, from līber free]
ˈliberally adv
ˈliberalness n

Liberal

(ˈlɪbərəl; ˈlɪbrəl)
n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a member or supporter of a Liberal party or Liberal Democrat party
adj
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) of or relating to a Liberal party or Liberal Democrat party

lib•er•al

(ˈlɪb ər əl, ˈlɪb rəl)

adj.
1. favorable to progress or reform, as in political or religious affairs.
2. (often cap.) designating or pertaining to a political party advocating measures of progressive political reform.
3. pertaining to, based on, or having views or policies advocating individual freedom of action and expression.
4. of or pertaining to representational forms of government rather than aristocracies and monarchies.
5. free from prejudice or bigotry; tolerant.
6. free of or not bound by traditional or conventional ideas, values, etc.; open-minded.
7. characterized by generosity and willingness to give in large amounts.
8. given freely or abundantly; generous.
9. not strict or rigorous; free; not literal: a liberal interpretation of a rule.
10. of, pertaining to, or based on the liberal arts: a liberal education.
n.
11. a person of liberal principles or views.
12. (often cap.) a member of a liberal political party, esp. the Liberal Party in Great Britain.
[1325–75; Middle English < Latin līberālis of free men, generous =līber free + -ālis -al1]
lib′er•al•ly, adv.
lib′er•al•ness, n.
syn: See generous.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.liberal - a person who favors a political philosophy of progress and reform and the protection of civil libertiesliberal - a person who favors a political philosophy of progress and reform and the protection of civil liberties
adult, grownup - a fully developed person from maturity onward
armchair liberal - a person of liberal ideals who takes no action to realize them
latitudinarian - a person who is broad-minded and tolerant (especially in standards of religious belief and conduct)
neoliberal - a liberal who subscribes to neoliberalism
pluralist - someone who believes that distinct ethnic or cultural or religious groups can exist together in society
Whig - a member of the political party that urged social reform in 18th and 19th century England; was the opposition party to the Tories
conservative, conservativist - a person who is reluctant to accept changes and new ideas
2.liberal - a person who favors an economic theory of laissez-faire and self-regulating markets
adult, grownup - a fully developed person from maturity onward
Adj.1.liberal - showing or characterized by broad-mindednessliberal - showing or characterized by broad-mindedness; "a broad political stance"; "generous and broad sympathies"; "a liberal newspaper"; "tolerant of his opponent's opinions"
broad-minded - inclined to respect views and beliefs that differ from your own; "a judge who is broad-minded but even-handed"
2.liberal - having political or social views favoring reform and progress
left - of or belonging to the political or intellectual left
3.liberal - tolerant of change; not bound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy, or tradition
left - of or belonging to the political or intellectual left
conservative - resistant to change
4.liberal - given or giving freelyliberal - given or giving freely; "was a big tipper"; "the bounteous goodness of God"; "bountiful compliments"; "a freehanded host"; "a handsome allowance"; "Saturday's child is loving and giving"; "a liberal backer of the arts"; "a munificent gift"; "her fond and openhanded grandfather"
generous - willing to give and share unstintingly; "a generous donation"
5.liberal - not literal; "a loose interpretation of what she had been told"; "a free translation of the poem"
inexact - not exact

liberal

adjective
1. tolerant, enlightened, open-minded, permissive, advanced, catholic, humanitarian, right-on (informal), indulgent, easy-going, unbiased, high-minded, broad-minded, unprejudiced, unbigoted, politically correct or PC She is known to have liberal views on abortion and contraception.
tolerant intolerant, prejudiced, biased, bigoted
2. progressive, radical, reformist, libertarian, advanced, right-on (informal), forward-looking, humanistic, free-thinking, latitudinarian, politically correct or PC a liberal democracy with a multiparty political system
progressive conservative, right-wing, reactionary
3. abundant, generous, handsome, lavish, ample, rich, plentiful, copious, bountiful, profuse, munificent She made liberal use of her older sister's make-up and clothes.
abundant small, limited, inadequate
5. flexible, general, broad, rough, free, loose, lenient, not close, inexact, not strict, not literal a liberal translation
flexible fixed, strict, literal, inflexible
Quotations
"conservative: a statesman who is enamoured of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal, who wishes to replace them with others" [Ambrose Bierce The Devil's Dictionary]

liberal

adjective
1. Not narrow or conservative in thought, expression, or conduct:
2. Favoring civil liberties and social progress:
3. Characterized by bounteous giving:
noun
A person with liberal political opinions:
Translations
عُضْو في حِزب الأحْراركَريم، سَخيمُتَحَرِرٌمُتَساهِل، مُتَسامِح
liberálníštědrýliberál
liberalrundhåndetfrisindetgenerøs
vapaamielinen
liberalan
liberális
örlátur, ríkulegurumburîarlyndur
リベラルな
자유주의의
liberalasliberalustolerantiškaitolerantiškumas
augstsirdīgsbez aizspriedumiembrīvi domājošsdevīgsliberāls
liberálliberálny
liberal
liberal
เกี่ยวกับลัทธิเสรีนิยม
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liberal

[ˈlɪbərəl]
A. ADJ
1. (= tolerant) [person, view, education, regime] → liberal
2. (= generous) [quantity, amount] → abundante, generoso; [portion] → generoso
to be liberal with sthser generoso con algo
he is very liberal with his moneyes muy generoso con el dinero
she was rather liberal with the mayonnaisepuso mucha mayonesa
he is not liberal with his praiseno es muy pródigo con los elogios
3. (Brit) (Pol) (= of the Liberal Party) Liberal [MP] → del partido liberal; [government, policy] → liberal
4. (= free) [interpretation, translation] → libre
B. N
1. (= broad-minded person) → liberal mf
2. (Brit) (Pol) Liberalliberal mf
C. CPD the liberal arts NPL (esp US) (Univ) → las humanidades, las artes liberales
Liberal Democrat N (Brit) (Pol) → demócrata mf liberal
the Liberal Democratic Party N (Brit) → el Partido Democrático Liberal
the Liberal Party N (Brit) → el Partido Liberal
liberal studies NPL (esp Brit) asignatura de letras complementaria para aquellos que estudian ciencias

Liberal

[ˈlɪbərəl]
nlibéral(e) m/f
adjlibéral(e)
adv
to vote Liberal → voter libéral

liberal

[ˈlɪbərəl]
adj
(= tolerant) [person] → tolérant(e); [attitude] → libéral(e); [régime, society] → libéral(e); [education] → libéral(e)
(= generous) liberal amounts of sth → de généreuses quantités de qch
to be liberal with sth → être prodigue de qch
to make liberal use of sth → faire un usage généreux de qch
nlibéral(e)liberal arts (US)
nplarts mpl libéraux
modif [college] → d'arts libéraux; [course, degree] → en arts libérauxLiberal Democrat nlibéral(e)-démocrate m/f
the Liberal Democrats → les libéraux-démocrates

liberal

adj
(= generous) offer, supplygroßzügig; helping of foodreichlich; to be liberal with one’s praise/commentsmit Lob/seinen Kommentaren freigebig sein; to be liberal with one’s moneymit seinem Geld großzügig umgehen
(= broad-minded)liberal
(Pol) → liberal; the Liberal Party (Brit Hist, in Canada) → die Liberale Partei
n
(Pol) → Liberale(r) mf
(= liberal-minded person)Liberalgesinnte(r) mf; he’s a liberal in social matterser hat eine liberale Einstellung in sozialen Angelegenheiten

liberal

:
liberal arts
pl the liberal (esp US) → die geisteswissenschaftlichen Fächer
liberal democracy
Liberal Democrat (Brit Pol)
nLiberaldemokrat(in) m(f)
adjliberaldemokratisch; gain, loss, policyder Liberaldemokraten; the liberal Partydie liberaldemokratische Partei
liberal education

liberal

:
liberal-minded
adj personliberal (eingestellt); views, countryliberal
liberal-mindedness
n (of person)liberale Einstellung or Gesinnung; (of views)Liberalität f
liberal studies
pl (esp US) → Geisteswissenschaften pl

Liberal

[ˈlɪbrl] n (Pol) → liberale m/f

liberal

[ˈlɪbrl] adj (generous) → liberale, generoso/a; (views) → liberale
to be liberal with → essere prodigo/a di

liberal

(ˈlibərəl) adjective
1. generous. She gave me a liberal helping of apple pie; She was very liberal with her money.
2. tolerant; not criticizing or disapproving. The headmaster is very liberal in his attitude to young people.
3. (also noun) (especially with capital) in politics, (a person belonging to a party) favouring liberty for the individual.
libeˈrality (-ˈrӕ-) noun
ˈliberally adverb

liberal

مُتَحَرِرٌ liberální liberal liberal φιλελεύθερος liberal vapaamielinen libéral liberalan liberale リベラルな 자유주의의 liberaal liberal liberalny liberal либеральный liberal เกี่ยวกับลัทธิเสรีนิยม açık görüşlü tự do 自由主义的
References in classic literature ?
he asked, as though no longer doubtful of the good intelligence established between them; "and will not the chief of William Henry be better pleased to see his daughters before another night may have hardened his heart to their loss, to make him less liberal in his reward?
Nevertheless, the liberal fulfilment of their promise in the new house in the suburbs blinded the young girls' eyes to their shortcomings in the town.
For example: tradition affirmed that the Puritan had been greedy of wealth; the Judge, too, with all the show of liberal expenditure, was said to be as close-fisted as if his gripe were of iron.
In no state of society would he have been what is called a man of liberal views; it would always be essential to his peace to feel the pressure of a faith about him, supporting, while it confined him within its iron framework.
In going on with the record of what was hideous at Bly, I not only challenge the most liberal faith--for which I little care; but--and this is another matter--I renew what I myself suffered, I again push my way through it to the end.
In the first place, it may be deemed almost superfluous to establish the fact, that among people at large, the business of whaling is not accounted on a level with what are called the liberal professions.
Such, and so magnifying, is the virtue of a large and liberal theme
As the prison breakfast had not been liberal, Jurgis had a good appetite, and they had a little feast together, talking meanwhile of Elzbieta and the children and old times.
Here, you Mose, Pete," he said, breaking off liberal bits, and throwing it at them; "you want some, don't you?
Now I wanted to fit these people out with new suits, on account of that swell company, and I didn't know just how to get at it -- with delicacy, until at last it struck me that as I had already been liberal in inventing wordy gratitude for the king, it would be just the thing to back it up with evidence of a substantial sort; so I said:
There was a liberal allowance of pretty waterfalls, too, on the Te^te Noir route.
When the Deity builds a heaven, it is built right, and on a liberal plan.