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libertarian

[lib-er-tair-ee-uh n] /ˌlɪb ərˈtɛər i ən/
noun
1.
a person who advocates liberty, especially with regard to thought or conduct.
2.
a person who maintains the doctrine of free will (distinguished from necessitarian).
adjective
3.
advocating liberty or conforming to principles of liberty.
4.
maintaining the doctrine of free will.
Origin
1780-1790
1780-90; libert(y) + -arian
Related forms
libertarianism, noun
antilibertarian, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for antilibertarian

libertarian

/ˌlɪbəˈtɛərɪən/
noun
1.
a believer in freedom of thought, expression, etc
2.
(philosophy) a believer in the doctrine of free will Compare determinism
adjective
3.
of, relating to, or characteristic of a libertarian
Derived Forms
libertarianism, noun
Word Origin
C18: from liberty
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Word Origin and History for antilibertarian

libertarian

n.

1789, "one who holds the doctrine of free will" (opposed to necessitarian), from liberty (q.v.) on model of unitarian, etc. Political sense of "person advocating liberty in thought and conduct" is from 1878. As an adjective by 1882. U.S. Libertarian Party founded in Colorado, 1971.

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