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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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  • Strangely enough, only the libertarians of the three are for legalizing marijuana.
  • Even as those outfits ramp up, however, civil libertarians are sounding warnings.
  • Seventy-eight percent of libertarians believed gun-control laws fail to reduce people's access to guns.
  • Many on the left think civil libertarians err when they elevate him.
  • On the plus side, real, live politicians who might conceivably get elected call themselves libertarians.
  • When he asked for centrists and libertarians, he spotted fewer than three dozen hands.
  • libertarians congregated around a government-centric theory.
  • libertarians have always insisted on the need for government to protect life, liberty and property.
  • libertarians have new ideas that will work--even if they sound odd, seem unusual, or are different and unfamiliar.
  • Some of the political ideologies included are environmentalists, anarchists, libertarians and white supremacists.
British Dictionary definitions for libertarians

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 libertarians

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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