liberality


Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Financial, Encyclopedia.

lib·er·al·i·ty

 (lĭb′ə-răl′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. lib·er·al·i·ties
1. The quality or state of being liberal or generous.
2. An instance of being liberal.

liberality

(ˌlɪbəˈrælɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. generosity; bounty
2. the quality or condition of being liberal

lib•er•al•i•ty

(ˌlɪb əˈræl ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the quality or condition of being liberal.
2. breadth of mind.
3. broadness or fullness, as of proportions.
4. liberalism.
[1300–50; Middle English < Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.liberality - an inclination to favor progress and individual freedom
tolerance - willingness to recognize and respect the beliefs or practices of others
2.liberality - the trait of being generous in behavior and temperament
generosity, generousness - the trait of being willing to give your money or time
magnanimity, munificence, openhandedness, largess, largesse - liberality in bestowing gifts; extremely liberal and generous of spirit
illiberality - a disposition not to be liberal (generous) with money

liberality

noun
Translations
كَرَم، عَطِيَّه، تَحَرُّر، تسامُح
liberálnostštědrost
frisindethedgenerøsitetrundhåndethedtolerance
kötetlenség
örlæti; frjálslyndi
liberálnosť
cömertlikserbest fikirlilik

liberality

[ˌlɪbəˈrælɪtɪ] N (= generosity) → liberalidad f, generosidad f

liberality

[ˌlɪbəˈrælɪti] n (= generosity) → générosité f, libéralité f

liberality

n
(= generosity)Großzügigkeit f

liberality

[ˌlɪbəˈrælɪtɪ] n (generosity) → liberalità, generosità

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
References in classic literature ?
Duncan perceived that even his own powers were spoken lightly of, as the scout extended his palm, and mentioned him by the appellation of the "Open Hand"--a name his liberality had purchased of all the friendly tribes.
The child, staring with round eyes at this instance of liberality, wholly unprecedented in his large experience of cent-shops, took the man of gingerbread, and quitted the premises.
A soldier -- New England's most distinguished soldier -- he stood firmly on the pedestal of his gallant services; and, himself secure in the wise liberality of the successive administrations through which he had held office, he had been the safety of his subordinates in many an hour of danger and heart-quake General Miller was radically conservative; a man over whose kindly nature habit had no slight influence; attaching himself strongly to familiar faces, and with difficulty moved to change, even when change might have brought unquestionable improvement.
I slept little that night--I was too much excited; and this astonished me, too, I recollect, remained with me, adding to my sense of the liberality with which I was treated.
Shelby, who, with a little womanly complacency in match-making, felt pleased to unite her handsome favorite with one of her own class who seemed in every way suited to her; and so they were married in her mistress' great parlor, and her mistress herself adorned the bride's beautiful hair with orange-blossoms, and threw over it the bridal veil, which certainly could scarce have rested on a fairer head; and there was no lack of white gloves, and cake and wine,--of admiring guests to praise the bride's beauty, and her mistress' indulgence and liberality.
The farmers were bound to throw in something, to sort of offset my liberality, whether I would or no; so I let them give me a flint and steel; and as soon as they had comfortably bestowed Sandy and me on our horse, I lit my pipe.
This thing of using the common beggar's trick and the common beggar's shibboleth to put you on your liberality when you were expecting a simple straightforward commercial transaction, adds a little to your prospering sense of irritation.
It was short, but expressed good sense, warm attachment, liberality, propriety, even delicacy of feeling.
His attentive behaviour to herself and his sisters convinced her that their welfare was dear to him, and, for a long time, she firmly relied on the liberality of his intentions.
Brocklehurst and his family never came near Lowood now: household matters were not scrutinised into; the cross housekeeper was gone, driven away by the fear of infection; her successor, who had been matron at the Lowton Dispensary, unused to the ways of her new abode, provided with comparative liberality.
Again: Tellson's was a munificent house, and extended great liberality to old customers who had fallen from their high estate.
We have no doubt his liberality is well represented by his surviving partner,' said the gentleman, presenting his credentials.