liberalize

Liberalize means to make more liberal––as in, less authoritarian and more open. State-run economies might liberalize by opening up industry, free enterprise, and trade.

Liberalize can also mean "reform." If you have a society that punishes theft by cutting off a culprit's hand, you could liberalize it by changing the punishment to jail time or other less cruel and unusual punishment.

Definitions of liberalize
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v become more liberal

“The laws liberalized after Prohibition”
Synonyms:
liberalise
liberalise
make liberal or more liberal, of laws and rules
Type of:
change
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

v make liberal or more liberal, of laws and rules

Synonyms:
liberalise
liberalise
become more liberal
Types:
decontrol
relax or remove controls of
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

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