• WordNet 3.6
    • adj liberal showing or characterized by broad-mindedness "a broad political stance","generous and broad sympathies","a liberal newspaper","tolerant of his opponent's opinions"
    • adj liberal tolerant of change; not bound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy, or tradition
    • adj liberal not literal "a loose interpretation of what she had been told","a free translation of the poem"
    • adj liberal 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"
    • adj liberal having political or social views favoring reform and progress
    • n liberal a person who favors a political philosophy of progress and reform and the protection of civil liberties
    • n liberal a person who favors an economic theory of laissez-faire and self-regulating markets
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Ever wonder how Swiss cheese is made? As the cheese ferments, a bacterial action generates gas. As the gas is liberated, it bubbles through the cheese, leaving all those holes.
    • Liberal Bestowed in a large way; hence, more than sufficient; abundant; bountiful; ample; profuse; as, a liberal gift; a liberal discharge of matter or of water. "His wealth doth warrant a liberal dower."
    • Liberal Bestowing in a large and noble way, as a freeman; generous; bounteous; open-handed; as, a liberal giver. "Liberal of praise.""Infinitely good, and of his good
      As liberal and free as infinite."
    • Liberal Free by birth; hence, befitting a freeman or gentleman; refined; noble; independent; free; not servile or mean; as, a liberal ancestry; a liberal spirit; liberal arts or studies. "Liberal education.""A liberal tongue."
    • Liberal Free to excess; regardless of law or moral restraint; licentious. "Most like a liberal villain."
    • Liberal Not bound by orthodox tenets or established forms in political or religious philosophy; independent in opinion; not conservative; friendly to great freedom in the constitution or administration of government; having tendency toward democratic or republican, as distinguished from monarchical or aristocratic, forms; as, liberal thinkers; liberal Christians; the Liberal party. "I confess I see nothing liberal in this “ order of thoughts,” as Hobbes elsewhere expresses it."
    • Liberal Not narrow or contracted in mind; not selfish; enlarged in spirit; catholic.
    • Liberal Not strict or rigorous; not confined or restricted to the literal sense; free; as, a liberal translation of a classic, or a liberal construction of law or of language.
    • n Liberal One who favors greater freedom in political or religious matters; an opponent of the established systems; a reformer; in English politics, a member of the Liberal party, so called. Cf. Whig.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The football huddle started at Gallaudet University (the world's only accredited four-year liberal arts college for the deaf) in the 19th century when the football team found that opposing teams were reading their signed messages and intercepting their plays.
    • liberal Befitting a freeman, or a state, condition, or situation free from narrow limitations; free in scope; of wide or ample range or extent; not narrowly limited or restricted; expanded; comprehensive: as, a liberal education; the liberal arts or professions; liberal thought or feeling; liberal institutions; a liberal policy in government; a liberal interpretation or estimate.
    • liberal Free in views or opinions; expansive in purpose or aim; not narrow, bigoted, or intolerant; specifically, favorable to personal, political, or religious liberty; opposed to narrow conservatism or undue restriction: as, a liberal thinker; a liberal Christian; a liberal statesman; the Liberal party (in the politics of some countries).
    • liberal Free in bestowal or concession; generously inclined; ready to impart or bestow; bountiful; munificent; magnanimous; followed by with or of before the thing bestowed, and to before the recipient: as, a liberal donor; to be liberal with one's money; to be liberal to an opponent in debate.
    • liberal Freely bestowed or yielded; marked by bounty or abundance; generous; ample: as, a liberal donation; a liberal harvest or flow of water; to make a liberal concession or admission.
    • liberal Free in character or quality; candid; open; hence, with an added implication, unduly free; unrestrained; unchecked; licentious.
    • liberal Synonyms Catholic, tolerant.
    • liberal Charitable, open-handed, free-handed.
    • liberal Full, abundant, plentiful, unstinted.
    • n liberal A person of liberal principles; one who believes in liberal reforms, or advocates intellectual, political, or religious liberty.
    • n liberal [capitalized] Specifically, a member of a Liberal party in politics.
    • n liberal One who holds liberal views in theology.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When Swiss cheese ferments, a bacterial action generates gas. As the gas is liberated, it bubbles through the cheese leaving holes. Cheese-makers call them "eyes."
    • adj Liberal lib′ėr-al becoming a gentleman: generous: noble-minded: candid: free: free from restraint: general, extensive
    • n Liberal one who advocates greater freedom in political institutions
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  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “The one thing people are the most liberal with, is their advice.”
  • Gloria Steinem
    “A liberated woman is one who has sex before marriage and a job after.”
  • Jean Baudrillard
    “It is always the same: once you are liberated, you are forced to ask who you are.”
  • Lenny Bruce
    “The liberals can understand everything but people who don't understand them.”
  • Frank Dane
    “A liberal is man who will give away everything he doesn't own.”
  • Carter Glass
    Carter Glass
    “A liberal is a man who is willing to spend somebody else's money.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. libéral, L. liberalis, from liber, free; perh. akin to libet, lubet, it pleases, E. lief,. Cf. Deliver


In literature:

Political liberalism, like religious liberalism, was crushed and almost forgotten.
"The New World of Islam" by Lothrop Stoddard
It was liberated, and fell by gravity.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
The Prince of Conti most liberally entered into La Salle's views, and assisted him to prepare an expedition.
"The Rise of Canada, from Barbarism to Wealth and Civilisation" by Charles Roger
Liberality of mind was acquired.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
Then he turned to Pinkerton and told him to liberate me, as he would be responsible for me whenever wanted.
"Bidwell's Travels, from Wall Street to London Prison" by Austin Biron Bidwell
It would be ridiculous to bind with such conditions a Great, Liberal Power.
"The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 2" by Henry Baerlein
But it was liberal for his own day, according to a Tudor standard of liberalism.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
The Jesuits adopted a more liberal spirit and method.
"Colleges in America" by John Marshall Barker
It may be that I may be driven to take advantage of your liberality and prudence.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
The Oxford Liberals lost, and, I must say, they deserved to lose.
"The Contemporary Review, January 1883" by Various

In poetry:

Try it and see. It's a pretty good way
To skim three thousand miles in a day
And none of them America.
"Eclogue Of The Liberal And The Poet" by Allen Tate
Such is the valley of the spring,
Our sweet Harmonia's home,
Where beauty sheds, with liberal wing,
Her bloom.
"The Angels Of Earth" by James Avis Bartley
Still this world of ours rejoices
In those ancient singing voices,
And our hearts beat high and quick,
To the cadence of old Tiber
Murmuring praise of roistering Liber
And of charming Lydia Dick.
"Lydia Dick" by Eugene Field
Then, as a mother's love and fears
Throng round the child, unseen but felt,
So by his couch his nation knelt,
Loving and worshipping with her tears:--
Tears!--late amends for all that debt
Due to the Liberator yet!
"Mount Vernon" by Francis Turner Palgrave
"Oh, father," little Alice cried, "your kindness makes me weep,
You do these little things for me so singularly cheap -
Your thoughtful liberality I never can forget;
But, oh! there is another crime I haven't mentioned yet!
"Gentle Alice Brown" by William Schwenck Gilbert
O my Lord and my God, I have trusted in Thee.
O my dear Jesus, no liberate me.
In shackle and chain, in torture and pain, I long for Thee.
In weakness and sighing, in kneeling and crying,
I adore and implore Thee to liberate me.
"Poem Composed on the Morning of Her Execution" by Mary Stuart

In news:

As a good pro-choice liberal, I ought to support the effort.
We're all liberals here, huh.
As Vatican II Turns 50, Liberals Reject It.
Or is this just another liberal feel-good thing that costs the taxpayers a lot of money but has only a minimal or even a negative benefit.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg during the Liberal Democrat conference in Brighton on Sunday.
My fellow liberals and I make this same mistake over and over again.
Liberals have used online forums to express some ugly sentiments about Tropical Storm (and now Hurricane) Isaac, and its passage near the site of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.
It is interesting to note that liberals would almost be devoid of speech if the words "neocons," "teabagger," "fascist," "Hitler," "oligarchy," and "meanspirited" were eliminated from their vocabulary.
Enjoys the support of President Obama, but liberals balked when she opposed a government-run "public option" health care idea.
Libyans celebrate one year on since the country was declared liberated from more.
President Barack Obama has dusted off the old liberal claim that conservatives are war mongers and is using it against his opponent, Mitt Romne.
Brad Foss, a San Francisco man with dyslexia , says having so many more books available is liberating.
On October 5, 2006, Bill O'Reilly left his fellow Fox host Neil Cavuto nearly speechless with a rant against the liberal financier and philanthropist George Soros, whom Cavuto had just interviewed.
Pat Cunningham offers an unabashedly liberal perspective on national politics.
MANY LIBERAL Democrats have yet to come to terms with Lyndon Johnson.

In science:

On the other hand, the DL method tends to give liberal confidence interval estimators, that is, their coverage levels can be markedly smaller than the nominal value.
Nonparametric inference procedure for percentiles of the random effects distribution in meta-analysis
The DL (or SJ) method tends to be liberal, that is, the empirical coverage levels can be markedly lower than their nominal counterparts.
Nonparametric inference procedure for percentiles of the random effects distribution in meta-analysis
The authors are also indebted to the Nanoscale Imaging Center at IUPUI for the liberal use of the installations.
Measurement of the separation dependence of resonant energy transfer between CdSe/ZnS core/shell nanocrystallite quantum dots
Fiorina’s initial formulation of the problem defined the choice options as well as voter positions relative to them in a one-dimensional, policy-specific, liberal-versus-conservative Euclidean space.3 Across indivduals, different issues have different (or no) salience.
Some Quantum-Like Features of Mass Politics in Two-Party Systems
Since quark degrees of freedom get liberated and become light, the energy density registers a rapid increase near the crossover/phase transition point and reaches almost to the value of SB limit.
Revisiting the Phase Structure of the Polyakov-quark-meson Model in the presence of Vacuum Fermion Fluctuation