libertarianism

libertarian

[lib-er-tair-ee-uhn]
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:
1780–90; libert(y) + -arian

libertarianism, noun
antilibertarian, adjective, noun
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libertarian (ˌlɪbəˈtɛərɪən)
 
n
1.  a believer in freedom of thought, expression, etc
2.  philosophy Compare determinism a believer in the doctrine of free will
 
adj
3.  of, relating to, or characteristic of a libertarian
 
[C18: from liberty]
 
liber'tarianism
 
n

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libertarian
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. U.S. Libertarian Party founded in Colorado, 1971.
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