liberal adjective

  1. favourable to progress or reform, as in religious or political affairs.
  2. (cap.) of or relating to the Liberal political party.
  3. favourable to or in accord with the policy of leaving the individual as unrestricted as possible in the opportunities for self-expression or self-fulfilment.
  4. of representational forms of government rather than aristocracies and monarchies.
  5. free of prejudice or bigotry; tolerant.
liberal noun
  1. a person of liberal principles or views, especially in religion or politics.
  2. (often cap.) a member of the Liberal party in politics - phrase
  3. small-l liberal, a person with conservative tendencies, but who takes pride in having an independent, progressive point of view.

(ME) from Latin liberalis relating to a free man)


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