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Definition 1: a person who favors a political philosophy of progress and reform and the protection of civil liberties - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for liberal in the sense of this definition

(liberal is a kind of ...) a fully developed person from maturity onward

(... is a kind of liberal ) a person of liberal ideals who takes no action to realize them

(... is a kind of liberal ) a person who is broad-minded and tolerant (especially in standards of religious belief and conduct)

(... is a kind of liberal ) a liberal who subscribes to neoliberalism

(... is a kind of liberal ) someone who believes that distinct ethnic or cultural or religious groups can exist together in society

(... is a kind of liberal ) a member of the political party that urged social reform in 18th and 19th century England; was the opposition party to the Tories

Definition 2: a person who favors an economic theory of laissez-faire and self-regulating markets - [noun denoting person]

(liberal is a kind of ...) a fully developed person from maturity onward

Definition 3: tolerant of change; not bound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy, or tradition - [adjective denoting all]

(liberal is similar to ...) having or showing active concern for protection of civil liberties protected by law

(liberal is similar to ...) having or demonstrating belief in the essential goodness of man and the autonomy of the individual; favoring civil and political liberties, government by law with the consent of the governed, and protection from arbitrary authority

(liberal is similar to ...) having or showing belief in the need for economic growth in addition to traditional liberalistic values

(liberal is similar to ...) favoring or promoting reform (often by government action)

(liberal is similar to ...) under group or government control

"socialized ownership" "socialized medicine"

(liberal is similar to ...) of or relating to a welfare state

(means also ...) of or belonging to the political or intellectual left

(... are attributes of liberal) an orientation that characterizes the thinking of a group or nation

Definition 4: showing or characterized by broad-mindedness - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where liberal or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a broad political stance
  • generous and broad sympathies
  • a liberal newspaper
  • tolerant of his opponent's opinions

Synonyms for liberal in the sense of this definition

(liberal is similar to ...) inclined to respect views and beliefs that differ from your own

"a judge who is broad-minded but even-handed"

Definition 5: given or giving freely - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where liberal or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for liberal in the sense of this definition

(liberal is similar to ...) willing to give and share unstintingly

"a generous donation"

Definition 6: not literal - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where liberal or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a loose interpretation of what she had been told
  • a free translation of the poem

Synonyms for liberal in the sense of this definition

(liberal is similar to ...) not exact

Definition 7: having political or social views favoring reform and progress - [adjective satellite denoting all]

(liberal is similar to ...) of or belonging to the political or intellectual left

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