favorable to progress or reform, as in political or religious affairs.
(often initial capital letter) noting or pertaining to a political party advocating measures of progressive political reform.
of, pertaining to, based on, or advocating liberalism
, especially the freedom of the individual and governmental guarantees of individual rights and liberties.
favorable to or in accord with concepts of maximum individual freedom possible, especially as guaranteed by law and secured by governmental protection of civil liberties.
favoring or permitting freedom of action, especially with respect to matters of personal belief or expression:
a liberal policy toward dissident artists and writers.
of or pertaining to representational forms of government rather than aristocracies and monarchies.
free from prejudice or bigotry; tolerant:
a liberal attitude toward foreigners.
open-minded or tolerant, especially free of or not bound by traditional or conventional ideas, values, etc.
characterized by generosity and willingness to give in large amounts:
a liberal donor.
given freely or abundantly; generous:
a liberal donation.
not strict or rigorous; free; not literal:
a liberal interpretation of a rule.
of, pertaining to, or befitting a freeman.
1325–75; Middle English
< Latin līberālis
of freedom, befitting the free, equivalent to līber
free + -ālis -al1
liberally, adverbliberalness, nounantiliberal, adjective, nounantiliberally, adverbantiliberalness, nounhalf-liberal, adjectivehalf-liberally, adverbnonliberal, adjectiveoverliberal, adjectiveoverliberally, adverbpreliberal, adjective, nounpreliberally, adverbpseudoliberal, adjective, nounpseudoliberally, adverbquasi-liberal, adjectivequasi-liberally, adverbsemiliberal, adjective, nounsemiliberally, adverbunliberal, adjectiveunliberally, adverb
broad-minded, unprejudiced. 9.
beneficent, charitable, openhanded, munificent, unstinting, lavish. See generous
intolerant. 9, 10.