What is the meaning of liberal?


  • A person who favors a political philosophy of progress and reform and the protection of civil liberties.
  • A person who favors an economic theory of laissez-faire and self-regulating markets.


  • Showing or characterized by broad-mindedness.
    • usage: "a broad political stance"; "generous and broad sympathies"; "a liberal newspaper"; "tolerant of his opponent's opinions"
  • Having political or social views favoring reform and progress.
  • Tolerant of change; not bound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy, or tradition.
  • Given or giving freely.
    • usage: "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"
  • Not literal.
    • usage: "a loose interpretation of what she had been told"; "a free translation of the poem"
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