|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.
city, seat (1892) of Seward county, southwestern Kansas, U.S. It lies near the Oklahoma border just north of the Oklahoma Panhandle. Founded in 1888, it was so-named because a local landowner, L.E. Keefes, was "liberal" in allowing the use of his well in time of drought. The community developed around a railroad terminus serving cattle ranchers. During World War II, Liberal Army Air Field, now the city's municipal airport, served as a training centre for bomber pilots; some 100 vintage aircraft are on display at the city's Mid-American Air Museum. The city now serves as a trading centre for a grain and livestock area. Located at the eastern edge of the Hugoton natural-gas field, Liberal relies on natural-gas and oil extraction, petroleum refining, and meatpacking. Gas-pumping plants are in the area. Liberal is the seat of Seward County Community College (1969). The Dalton Gang Hideout and Museum is located in Meade, some 40 miles (65 km) northeast (see Dalton brothers). Inc. 1888. Pop. (1990) 16,573; (2000) 19,666.
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