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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. one who advocates liberty, especially with regard to thought or conduct.
2. the philosophical doctrine of free will. Cf. necessitarianism, determinism, fatalism.libertarian, n., adj.
See also: Philosophy
1. the advocacy of freedom, especially in thought or conduct.
2. Theology. the advocacy of the doctrine of free will. See also necessitarianism. — libertarian, n., adj.
See also: Freedom
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.libertarianism - an ideological belief in freedom of thought and speech
ideology, political orientation, political theory - an orientation that characterizes the thinking of a group or nation


[ˌlɪbəˈtɛərɪənɪzəm] N (= philosophy) → libertarismo m, doctrina f libertaria; (= personal philosophy) → ideas fpl libertarias
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