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1. The state or quality of being liberal.
a. A political theory founded on the natural goodness of humans and the autonomy of the individual and favoring civil and political liberties, government by law with the consent of the governed, and protection from arbitrary authority.
b. often Liberalism The tenets or policies of a Liberal party.
3. An economic theory in favor of laissez-faire, the free market, and the gold standard.
a. A 19th-century Protestant movement that favored free intellectual inquiry, stressed the ethical and humanitarian content of Christianity, and de-emphasized dogmatic theology.
b. A 19th-century Roman Catholic movement that favored political democracy and ecclesiastical reform but was theologically orthodox.
lib′er·al·is′tic (-lĭs′tĭk) adj.
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|Noun||1.||liberalist - a person who favors a political philosophy of progress and reform and the protection of civil liberties|
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