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liberal (left)

Definition:

having political or social views favoring reform and progress

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Related to:

liberality | liberalness

Comparative:

more liberal

Superlative:

most liberal

Similar to:

left

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

Old French liberal "befitting free men, noble, generous", from Latin liberalis...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of liberal...

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

liberal | Liberal | abundant [synonym, sense-specific] | free [synonym, sense-specific] | lavish [synonym, sense-specific] | liberally [adverb, derived]

relating to or having social and political views that favour progress and reform | relating to or having policies or views advocating individual ... (22 of 620 words, 10 definitions, 12 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/liberal

Merriam-Webster:

liberal [entry 1, adjective] | Liberal [sense-specific] | licentious [synonym, sense-specific] | loose [synonym, sense-specific] | openhanded [synonym, sense-specific] | ample [synonym, sense-specific] | full [synonym, sense-specific] | broad-minded [synonym, sense-specific] | nonconventional [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

of, relating to, or based on the liberal arts ; [archaic] of or befitting a man of free birth | marked by generosity; "openhanded" ; given or provided ... (27 of 480 words, 6 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/liberal

liberal [entry 2, noun] | Liberal [sense-specific]

a person who is liberal: as ; one who is open-minded or not strict in the observance of orthodox, traditional, or established forms or ways ; ... (26 of 85 words, pronunciation)

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Wikipedia:

Liberal [disambiguation]

may refer to: Liberalism, a political ideology Classical liberalism, a political or social philosophy advocating the freedom of ... | Conservative liberalism, a variant of liberalism, combining liberal values and policies with conservative stances, or,... (34 of 442 words, 28 definitions)

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Oxford Dictionary:

liberal | Liberal | liberalism [derived] | liberalist [derived] | liberalistic [derived] | liberally [derived] | liberalness [derived]

willing to respect or accept behaviour or opinions different from one's own; open to new ideas | favourable to or respectful of individual rights and ... (24 of 301 words, 11 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/liberal

Wiktionary:

liberal | liberals [plural] | liberalists [plural] | conservative [antonym, sense-specific] | permissive [synonym, sense-specific]

[now rare outside of set phrases] Pertaining to those arts and sciences the study of which is considered "worthy of a free man" (as opposed to servile, mechanical); worthy, befitting a gentleman. | Generous, willing to give unsparingly;. | Ample, ... (38 of 274 words, 10 definitions, 18 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/liberal

Random House Dictionary:

liberal | Liberal

favorable to progress or reform, as in political or religious affairs. | "liberal" or "Liberal": noting or pertaining to a political party advocating ... (22 of 236 words, 16 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/liberal

American Heritage Dictionary:

liberal | Liberal [sense-specific] | liberally [adverb, related] | liberalness [noun, related]

Not limited to or by established, traditional, orthodox, or authoritarian attitudes, views, or dogmas; free from bigotry. | Favoring proposals for ... (20 of 181 words, 12 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

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New World Dictionary:

liberal | liberally [adverb, related] | liberalness [noun, related]

suitable for a freeman; not restricted: now only in "liberal arts", "liberal education", etc. | giving freely; generous | large or plentiful; ample; ... (21 of 160 words, 11 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

liberal | liberally [adverb, related]

accepting different opinions and ways of behaving and tending to be ... | a liberal amount is large and generous ; generous with something | not ... (24 of 135 words, 4 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/liberal

liberal [countable, noun] | liberals [plural]

someone who accepts many different opinions or ways of behaving and tends to be sympathetic to other people ; someone who believes that social and ... (25 of 60 words, pronunciation)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

liberal [entry 1] | liberalism [noun, derived] | liberality [noun, formal, derived] | liberally [adverb, formal, derived]

respecting and allowing many different types of beliefs or behaviour Opposite: illiberal or intolerant (14 of 48 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/liberal 1

liberal [entry 2] | liberalism [noun, derived]

(of a political party or a country) believing in or allowing more personal freedom and a development towards a fairer sharing of wealth and power ... (25 of 40 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/liberal 2

liberal [entry 3, formal] | liberality [noun, formal, derived] | liberally [adverb, formal, derived]

giving or given in a generous way (7 of 34 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/liberal 3

liberal [entry 4] | liberality [noun, formal, derived] | liberally [adverb, formal, derived]

not exact; without attention to or interest in detail (9 of 35 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/liberal 4

liberal [entry 5]

someone who respects many different types of beliefs or behaviour (10 of 20 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/liberal 5

Britannica Encyclopedia:

left [political philosophy]

In politics, the portion of the political spectrum associated in general with egalitarianism and popular or state control of the major institutions of ... (23 of 111 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/1380891​/left

Columbia Encyclopedia:

left

in politics, the more radically progressive wing in any legislative body or party. The designation apparently originated in the French National ... (21 of 38 words)

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Encarta Dictionary:

liberal | liberals [plural]

tolerant of different views and standards of behavior in others | favoring gradual reform, especially political reforms that extend democracy, ... (19 of 152 words, 8 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861696487​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

liberal

First use: late 14th century

Origin: Old French liberal "befitting free men, noble, generous", from Latin liberalis "noble, generous", literally "pertaining to a free man", ... (22 of 267 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=liberal

Oxford Dictionary:

liberal | Liberal

Origin: Middle English: via Old French from Latin liberalis, from liber "free (man)". The original sense was "suitable for a free man", hence ... (22 of 66 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/liberal

New World Dictionary:

liberal

Origin: Old French from Latin liberalis from liber, free from Indo-European base *leudhero-, belonging to the people, free from base ... (19 of 33 etymology words)

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Wiktionary:

liberal | liberals [plural]

Origin: The adjective is from Old French liberal, from Latin liberalis ("befitting a freeman"), from liber ("free"); it's attested since the 14th century. The noun is first attested in the 1800s.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/liberal

American Heritage Dictionary:

liberal

Origin: Middle English, generous, from Old French, from Latin līberālis, from līber, free; see leudh- in Indo-European roots.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/liberal

Collins Dictionary:

liberal | Liberal

First use: 14th century

Origin: from Latin līberālis of freedom, from līber free

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/liberal

Merriam-Webster:

liberal [entry 1, adjective] | Liberal [sense-specific]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin liberalis suitable for a freeman, generous, from liber free; perhaps akin to Old English ... (22 of 28 etymology words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/liberal

Encarta Dictionary:

liberal | liberals [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: French from Latin liberalis from liber "free"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861696487​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

liberal | liberals [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "liberal"

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Collins Dictionary:

liberal | Liberal

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

liberal

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liberal [countable, noun] | liberals [plural]

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Liberal [countable] | Liberals [plural]

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

liberal

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liberal [countable, noun] | liberals [plural]

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Liberal [countable] | Liberals [plural]

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Cambridge Dictionary:

liberal [entry 1]

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the Free Dictionary:

liberal

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Google Dictionary:

liberal | liberals [plural]

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

liberal

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YourDictionary Audio:

liberal

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