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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


Antonymsnarrow-minded, narrow

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


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


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


Antonymsstingy, ungenerous

5. liberal not literal

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

Synonymsfree, loose



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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