liberal

A liberal is someone on the left wing of politics — the opposite of a conservative. Also, a liberal attitude toward anything means more tolerance for change.

There are many meanings for liberal, but they mostly have to do with freedom and openness to change. A teacher with a liberal policy toward attendance is going to be forgiving of missed days. A bank with a liberal attitude toward your money would probably be bad: some things are awful if they're loose and free. But no one will give you a hard time if you use a liberal amount of catsup on your fries.

Primary Meanings of liberal

1.
adjn
showing or characterized by broad-mindedness
a person who favors a political philosophy of progress and reform and the protection of civil liberties
2.
adj
given or giving freely
3.
adj
not literal
Full Definitions of liberal
1

adj showing or characterized by broad-mindedness

“a liberal newspaper”
Synonyms:
broad, large-minded, tolerant
broad-minded
inclined to respect views and beliefs that differ from your own

adj having political or social views favoring reform and progress

Synonyms:
left
of or belonging to the political or intellectual left

adj tolerant of change; not bound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy, or tradition

Synonyms:
civil-libertarian
having or showing active concern for protection of civil liberties protected by law
liberalistic
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
neoliberal
having or showing belief in the need for economic growth in addition to traditional liberalistic values
progressive, reform-minded, reformist
favoring or promoting reform (often by government action)
socialised, socialized
under group or government control
welfare-statist, welfarist
of or relating to a welfare state
left
of or belonging to the political or intellectual left
Antonyms:
conservative
resistant to change
blimpish
pompously ultraconservative and nationalistic
buttoned-up
conservative in professional manner
fusty, nonprogressive, standpat, unprogressive
old-fashioned and out of date
hidebound, traditionalist
stubbornly conservative and narrow-minded
ultraconservative
extremely conservative
orthodox
adhering to what is commonly accepted
right
of or belonging to the political or intellectual right
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n a person who favors a political philosophy of progress and reform and the protection of civil liberties

Synonyms:
liberalist, progressive
Antonyms:
conservative, conservativist
a person who is reluctant to accept changes and new ideas
Types:
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armchair liberal
a person of liberal ideals who takes no action to realize them
latitudinarian
a person who is broad-minded and tolerant (especially in standards of religious belief and conduct)
neoliberal
a liberal who subscribes to neoliberalism
pluralist
someone who believes that distinct ethnic or cultural or religious groups can exist together in society
Whig
a member of the political party that urged social reform in 18th and 19th century England; was the opposition party to the Tories
Type of:
adult, grownup
a fully developed person from maturity onward

n a person who favors an economic theory of laissez-faire and self-regulating markets

Type of:
adult, grownup
a fully developed person from maturity onward
2

adj given or giving freely

“a liberal backer of the arts”
Synonyms:
big, bighearted, bounteous, bountiful, freehanded, giving, handsome, openhanded
generous
willing to give and share unstintingly
3

adj not literal

Synonyms:
free, loose
inexact
not exact

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