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Meaning & Definition of Liberal in English

English

Liberal

/lɪbərəl/

noun

1. A person who favors a political philosophy of progress and reform and the protection of civil liberties

    synonym:
  • liberal
  • ,
  • liberalist
  • ,
  • progressive

2. A person who favors an economic theory of laissez-faire and self-regulating markets

    synonym:
  • liberal

adjective

1. Showing or characterized by broad-mindedness

  • "A broad political stance"
  • "Generous and broad sympathies"
  • "A liberal newspaper"
  • "Tolerant of his opponent's opinions"
    synonym:
  • broad
  • ,
  • large-minded
  • ,
  • liberal
  • ,
  • tolerant

2. Having political or social views favoring reform and progress

    synonym:
  • liberal

3. Tolerant of change

  • Not bound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy, or tradition
    synonym:
  • liberal

4. Given or giving freely

  • "Was a big tipper"
  • "The bounteous goodness of god"
  • "Bountiful compliments"
  • "A freehanded host"
  • "A handsome allowance"
  • "Saturday's child is loving and giving"
  • "A liberal backer of the arts"
  • "A munificent gift"
  • "Her fond and openhanded grandfather"
    synonym:
  • big
  • ,
  • bighearted
  • ,
  • bounteous
  • ,
  • bountiful
  • ,
  • freehanded
  • ,
  • handsome
  • ,
  • giving
  • ,
  • liberal
  • ,
  • openhanded

5. Not literal

  • "A loose interpretation of what she had been told"
  • "A free translation of the poem"
    synonym:
  • free
  • ,
  • loose
  • ,
  • liberal

Examples of using

Tom has very liberal views.
Tom is very liberal with his money.
I was surprised to learn that Tom was a liberal.