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English adjective: liberal

1. liberal showing or characterized by broad-mindedness


SamplesA broad political stance.
Generous and broad sympathies.
A liberal newspaper.
Tolerant of his opponent's opinions.


Synonymsbroad, large-minded, tolerant


Similarbroad-minded


Antonymsnarrow-minded, narrow

2. liberal having political or social views favoring reform and progress


Similarleft


Antonymscenter, right

3. liberal tolerant of change; not bound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy, or tradition


Similarcivil-libertarian, liberalistic, neoliberal, progressive, reform-minded, reformist, socialised, socialized, welfare-statist, welfarist


See alsoleft


Attributeideology, political orientation, political theory


Antonymsconservative

4. liberal given or giving freely


SamplesWas 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.


Synonymsbig, bighearted, bounteous, bountiful, freehanded, giving, handsome, openhanded


Similargenerous


Antonymsstingy, ungenerous

5. liberal not literal


SamplesA loose interpretation of what she had been told.
A free translation of the poem.


Synonymsfree, loose


Similarinexact


Antonymsexact


English noun: liberal

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


Synonymsliberalist, progressive


Broader (hypernym)adult, grownup


Narrower (hyponym)armchair liberal, latitudinarian, neoliberal, pluralist, Whig


Antonymsconservative, conservativist

2. liberal (person) a person who favors an economic theory of laissez-faire and self-regulating markets


Broader (hypernym)adult, grownup









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