liberal (adj.) 1. Favorable to progress or reform, as in political or religious affairs. 2
1. Favorable to progress or reform, as in political or religious affairs.
2. Noting or pertaining to a political party advocating measures of
progressive political reform.
3. Of, pertaining to, based on, or advocating liberalism.
4. Favorable to or in accord with concepts of maximum individual freedom
possible, esp. as guaranteed by law and secured by governmental portection
of civil liberties.
5. Favoring or permitting freedom of action, esp. with respect to matters
of personal belief or expression: "a liberal policy toward dissident
artists and writers."
6. Of or pertaining to representational forms of government rather than
aristocracies and monarchies.
7. Free from prejudice or bigotry; tolerant: "a liberal attitude toward
8. Open minded or tolerant, esp. free of or not bound by traditional or
conventional ideas, values, etc.
9. Characterized by generousity and willingness to give in large amounts:
"a liberal donor."
10. Given freely or abundantly; generous: "a liberal donation."
11. Not strict or rigorous; free; not literal: "a liberal interpretation or
12. Of, pertaining to, or based on the liberal arts.
13. Of, pertaining to, or befitting a freeman.
14. A person of liberal principles or views, esp. in politics or religion.
15. (often cap.) A member of a liberal party in politics, esp. of the
Liberal party in Great Britain.
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