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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. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a believer in freedom of thought, expression, etc
2. (Philosophy) philosophy a believer in the doctrine of free will. Compare determinism
3. of, relating to, or characteristic of a libertarian
[C18: from liberty]
ˌliberˈtarianism n


(ˌlɪb ərˈtɛər i ən)

1. a person who advocates liberty, esp. with regard to thought or conduct.
2. a person who maintains the doctrine of free will (disting. from necessitarian).
3. advocating liberty or conforming to principles of liberty.
4. maintaining the doctrine of free will.
lib`er•tar′i•an•ism, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.libertarian - an advocate of libertarianism
advocate, advocator, exponent, proponent - a person who pleads for a cause or propounds an idea
civil libertarian - a libertarian who is actively concerned with the protection of civil liberties
economic libertarian - a libertarian who advocates maximizing individual rights and minimizing the role of the state
2.libertarian - someone who believes the doctrine of free will
philosopher - a specialist in philosophy
necessitarian - someone who does not believe the doctrine of free will


1. liberal, radical, progressive, humanitarian, reformist, permissive, humanistic, broad-minded, latitudinarian The town's political climate was libertarian.
1. liberal, radical, moderate, humanitarian, reformist Libertarians argue that nothing should be censored.


A. ADJlibertario
B. Nlibertario/a m/f


adj (= freedom-loving)freiheitsliebend; (= opposed to authority)antiautoritär, libertär; policy, politicsliberalistisch; libertarian attitudefreiheitliche/antiautoritäre or libertäre Gesinnung
nVerfechter(in) m(f)des freien Willens, Liberalist(in) m(f) (esp Pol)


1. adj (frm) → libertario/a
2. nliberale m/f
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