[lib-er-uh-liz-uhm, lib-ruh-]
the quality or state of being liberal, as in behavior or attitude.
a political or social philosophy advocating the freedom of the individual, parliamentary systems of government, nonviolent modification of political, social, or economic institutions to assure unrestricted development in all spheres of human endeavor, and governmental guarantees of individual rights and civil liberties.
(sometimes initial capital letter) the principles and practices of a liberal party in politics.
a movement in modern Protestantism that emphasizes freedom from tradition and authority, the adjustment of religious beliefs to scientific conceptions, and the development of spiritual capacities.

1810–20; liberal + -ism

liberalist, noun, adjective
liberalistic, adjective
antiliberalism, noun
antiliberalist, noun, adjective
antiliberalistic, adjective
nonliberalism, noun
semiliberalism, noun Unabridged
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liberalism (ˈlɪbərəˌlɪzəm, ˈlɪbrə-)
1.  liberal opinions, practices, or politics
2.  a movement in modern Protestantism that rejects biblical authority
n, —adj

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Word Origin & History

1819, from liberal + -ism
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liberalism definition

In the twentieth century, a viewpoint or ideology associated with free political institutions and religious toleration, as well as support for a strong role of government in regulating capitalism and constructing the welfare state.

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Example sentences for liberalism
As such, it is the fusion of economic liberalism with political liberalism.
These reforms were not prompted by some sense of ancient liberalism.
Chen later embraced liberalism, and refused to side either with the nationalists or ccp.
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