liberal ADJECTIVE 1) willing to respect and accept behaviour or opinions different from one's own. 2) (of a society, law, etc.) favourable to individual rights and freedoms. 3) (in a political context) favouring individual liberty, free trade, and moderate reform. 4) (Liberal) (in the UK) relating to the Liberal Democrat party. 5) (especially of an interpretation of a law) not strictly literal. 6) given, used, or giving in generous amounts. 7) (of education) concerned with broadening general knowledge and experience.
NOUN 1) a person of liberal views. 2) (Liberal) (in the UK) a Liberal Democrat.
DERIVATIVES liberalism noun liberality noun liberally adverb.
ORIGIN originally meaning «suitable for a free man»: from Latin liberalis, from liber 'free man' .

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