Associations to the word «Liberal»


LIBERAL, adjective. (now rare outside of set phrases) Pertaining to those arts and sciences the study of which was considered "worthy of a free man" (as opposed to servile, vocational, mechanical); worthy, befitting a gentleman.
LIBERAL, adjective. Generous, willing to give unsparingly.
LIBERAL, adjective. Ample, abundant; generous in quantity.
LIBERAL, adjective. (obsolete) Unrestrained, licentious.
LIBERAL, adjective. Widely open to new ideas, willing to depart from established opinions or conventions; permissive.
LIBERAL, adjective. (politics) Open to political or social changes and reforms associated with either classical or modern liberalism.
LIBERAL, noun. One with liberal views, supporting individual liberty (see Wikipedia's article on Liberalism).
LIBERAL, noun. (US) Someone left-wing; one with a left-wing ideology.
LIBERAL, noun. A supporter of any of several liberal parties.
LIBERAL, noun. (UK) One who favors individual voting rights, human and civil rights, and laissez-faire markets (also called "classical liberal"; compare libertarian).
LIBERAL, noun. (politics) A member or supporter of a Liberal Party
LIBERAL, noun. (Canada) A member or supporter of the Liberal Party of Canada, or its predecessors, or provincial equivalents, or their predecessors
LIBERAL, noun. (British) A Liberal Democrat.
LIBERAL, noun. (British) (dated) A Whig.
LIBERAL, adjective. Of or relating to the Liberal party, its membership, or its platform, policy, or viewpoint.
LIBERAL ARTS, noun. The academic course of instruction intended to provide general knowledge and usually comprising the arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences, as opposed to professional or technical subjects.
LIBERAL ARTS, noun. (obsolete) the trivium and the quadrivium
LIBERAL DEMOCRAT, noun. (British) a member of the Liberal Democrats political party
LIBERAL DEMOCRATS, proper noun. (British) a centre-left political party
LIBERAL EDUCATION, noun. (education) Synonym of general education.
LIBERAL EUGENICS, noun. An ideology which advocates the use of reproductive and genetic technologies where the choice of enhancing human characteristics and capacities is left to the individual preferences of parents acting as consumers, rather than the public health policies of the state.
LIBERAL GUILT, noun. Empathy for the poor or working class and shame or remorse for one’s own affluence.

Dictionary definition

LIBERAL, noun. A person who favors a political philosophy of progress and reform and the protection of civil liberties.
LIBERAL, noun. A person who favors an economic theory of laissez-faire and self-regulating markets.
LIBERAL, adjective. Showing or characterized by broad-mindedness; "a broad political stance"; "generous and broad sympathies"; "a liberal newspaper"; "tolerant of his opponent's opinions".
LIBERAL, adjective. Having political or social views favoring reform and progress.
LIBERAL, adjective. Tolerant of change; not bound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy, or tradition.
LIBERAL, adjective. Given or giving freely; "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".
LIBERAL, adjective. Not literal; "a loose interpretation of what she had been told"; "a free translation of the poem".

Wise words

We cannot always control our thoughts, but we can control our words, and repetition impresses the subconscious, and we are then master of the situation.
Florence Scovel Shinn