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Definitions of liberal

  1. pleasing in appearance especially by reason of conformity to ideals of form and proportion; "a fine-looking woman"; "a good-looking man"; "better-looking than her sister"; "very pretty but not so extraordinarily handsome"- Thackeray; "our southern women are well-favored"- Lillian Hellman Wordnet Dictionary DB
  2. showing or characterized by broad-mindedness; "a broad political stance"; "generous and broad sympathies"; "a liberal newspaper"; "tolerant of his opponent's opinions" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. not literal; "a loose interpretation of what she had been told"; "a free translation of the poem" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. having political or social views favoring reform and progress Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. a person who favors a political philosophy of progress and reform and the protection of civil liberties Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. a person who favors an economic theory of laissez-faire and self-regulating markets Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. tolerant of change; not bound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy, or tradition Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. Free by birth; hence, befitting a freeman or gentleman; refined; noble; independent; free; not servile or mean; as, a liberal ancestry; a liberal spirit; liberal arts or studies. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. Bestowing in a large and noble way, as a freeman; generous; bounteous; open-handed; as, a liberal giver. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. Bestowed in a large way; hence, more than sufficient; abundant; bountiful; ample; profuse; as, a liberal gift; a liberal discharge of matter or of water. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. Not strict or rigorous; not confined or restricted to the literal sense; free; as, a liberal translation of a classic, or a liberal construction of law or of language. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. Not narrow or contracted in mind; not selfish; enlarged in spirit; catholic. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. Free to excess; regardless of law or moral restraint; licentious. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. Not bound by orthodox tenets or established forms in political or religious philosophy; independent in opinion; not conservative; friendly to great freedom in the constitution or administration of government; having tendency toward democratic or republican, as distinguished from monarchical or aristocratic, forms; as, liberal thinkers; liberal Christians; the Liberal party. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. One who favors greater freedom in political or religious matters; an opponent of the established systems; a reformer; in English politics, a member of the Liberal party, so called. Cf. Whig. Newage Dictionary DB
  16. One who favors greater freedom in political or religious matters; an opponent of the established systems; a reformer; in English politics, a member of the party, so called. Cf. Whig. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. Generous; plentiful; free from narrowness in ideas or doctrines. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  18. One who believes in extension of freedom in political, social, religlous, and other institutions; liberal arts, the branches of academic learning, such as literature, history, science, language, etc. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  19. Becoming a gentleman: generous: noble-minded: candid: free: free from restraint: general, extensive. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  20. One who advocates greater freedom in political institutions. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  21. LIBERALLY. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  22. Generous; nobleminded, candid, free. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  23. Liberality. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  24. Free and generous; bountiful; not bigoted; broad. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  25. A member of a liberal party. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  26. Liberalism. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  27. Giving largely; munificent; generous; ample; large; not selfish or narrow; embracing other interests than one's own; favorable to liberty and progress; becoming a gentleman; refined; free; open; candid; not too literal. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  28. One who advocates greater freedom in political institutions and more especially their greater popularization. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  29. Free in giving or bestowing; not mean; becoming a gentleman; generous; not narrow-minded; tolerant of the opinions and practices of others; not strict. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  30. A party name, denoting one who advocates the extension of popular rights or influence. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  31. 1. If Nonpolitical, this is an entity that favors social solutions to economic, social, and other problems, and favors less law and restriction to personal freedoms. 2. If Political, this is an entity that wants government to solve all of the economic and social problems without impacting that entity. thelawdictionary.org
  32. lib'[.e]r-al, adj. becoming a gentleman: generous: noble-minded: candid: free: free from restraint: general, extensive.--n. one who advocates greater freedom in political institutions.--n. LIBERALIS[=A]'TION, the process of making liberal.--v.t. LIB'ERALISE, to make liberal, or enlightened: to enlarge.--ns. LIB'ERALISM, the principles of a Liberal in politics or religion; LIBERAL'ITY, the quality of being liberal: generosity: largeness or nobleness of mind: candour: impartiality.--adv. LIB'ERALLY.--v.t. LIB'ER[=A]TE, to set free: to release from restraint, confinement, or bondage.--ns. LIBER[=A]'TION; LIBER[=A]'TIONIST, one who is in favour of church disestablishment; LIB'ER[=A]TOR, one who liberates or frees.--adj. LIB'ER[=A]TORY, tending to liberate.--LIBERAL PARTY, the name adopted by the Whigs (1830) to denote the body formed by their union with the Radicals; LIBERAL UNIONIST, one of that section of the Liberal Party which joined the Conservatives from inability to accede to Mr Gladstone's policy of giving Home Rule to Ireland (1886); GERMAN LIBERALS, a party in German politics, formed by the amalgamation of the Progressist party and the Liberal union, and advocating moderate liberalism in opposition to the policy of Prince Bismarck; NATIONAL LIBERALS, a party in German politics which before 1871 advocated the completion of governmental unity in Germany, as well as supported progressive measures of reform. [Fr.,--L. liberalis, befitting a freeman--liber, free, akin to libet, lubet, it pleases.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  33. Fit for a gentleman (now rare exc. in l. education, i.e. directed to general enlargement of mind, not professional or technical); generous, open-handed; ample, abundant; not rigorous or literal, open-minded, candid, unprejudiced. (Pol.) favourable to democratic reforms& abolition of privilege (esp. l. party; opp. conservative; l. conservative, member of conservative party not ill-disposed to reforms; l. unionist, member of section that seceded from l. party in 1886 on Home Rule). whence liberalism (3) n. liberalist (2) n. & a., liberalistic a., liberalize (3) v.t. & (rarely) i., liberalization n.; hence liberally adv. (N.) member of (esp. the British) l. party. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  34. n. One who advocates greater freedom of thought or action in political or religious matters. Cabinet Dictionary

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