|liberal (ˈlɪbərəl, ˈlɪbrəl)|
|1.||relating to or having social and political views that favour progress and reform|
|2.||relating to or having policies or views advocating individual freedom|
|3.||giving and generous in temperament or behaviour|
|4.||tolerant of other people|
|5.||abundant; lavish: a liberal helping of cream|
|6.||not strict; free: a liberal translation|
|7.||of or relating to an education that aims to develop general cultural interests and intellectual ability|
|8.||a person who has liberal ideas or opinions|
|[C14: from Latin līberālis of freedom, from līber free]|
"Conservative, n. A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal, who wishes to replace them with others." [Ambrose Bierce, "Devil's Dictionary," 1911]The noun meaning "member of the Liberal party of Great Britain" is from 1820.
A descriptive term for persons, policies, and beliefs associated with liberalism.