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liberal

  

      adj  
1    relating to or having social and political views that favour progress and reform  
2    relating to or having policies or views advocating individual freedom  
3    giving and generous in temperament or behaviour  
4    tolerant of other people  
5    abundant; lavish  
a liberal helping of cream     
6    not strict; free  
a liberal translation     
7    of or relating to an education that aims to develop general cultural interests and intellectual ability  
      n  
8    a person who has liberal ideas or opinions  
     (C14: from Latin liberalis of freedom, from liber free)  
  liberally      adv  
  liberalness      n  


Liberal  
      n  
1    a member or supporter of a Liberal Party or Liberal Democrat party  
      adj  
2    of or relating to a Liberal Party  
liberal arts  
      pl n   the fine arts, humanities, sociology, languages, and literature,   (Often shortened to)    arts  
Liberal Democrat  
      n   a member or supporter of the Liberal Democrats  
Liberal Democrats  
      pl n   (in Britain) a political party with centrist policies; established in 1988 as the Social and Liberal Democrats when the Liberal Party merged with the Social Democratic Party; renamed Liberal Democrats in 1989  
Liberal Party  
      n  
1    one of the former major political parties in Britain; in 1988 merged with the Social Democratic Party to form the Social and Liberal Democrats; renamed the Liberal Democrats in 1989  
2    one of the major political parties in Australia, a conservative party, generally opposed to the Labor Party  
3    one of the major political parties in Canada, generally representing viewpoints between those of the Progressive Conservative Party and the New Democratic Party  
4    any other party supporting liberal policies  
liberal studies  
      n   functioning as sing     (Brit)   a supplementary arts course for those specializing in scientific, technical, or professional studies  
Liberal Unionist  
      n   a Liberal who opposed Gladstone's policy of Irish Home Rule in 1886 and after  
  Liberal Unionism      n  
Social and Liberal Democratic Party  
      n   (in Britain) a centrist political party formed in 1988 by the merging of the Liberal Party and part of the Social Democratic Party. In 1989 it changed its name to the Liberal Democrats  
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Liberal  
      n  
1    a member or supporter of a Liberal Party or Liberal Democrat party  
      adj  
2    of or relating to a Liberal Party  


liberal  
      adj  
1    relating to or having social and political views that favour progress and reform  
2    relating to or having policies or views advocating individual freedom  
3    giving and generous in temperament or behaviour  
4    tolerant of other people  
5    abundant; lavish  
a liberal helping of cream     
6    not strict; free  
a liberal translation     
7    of or relating to an education that aims to develop general cultural interests and intellectual ability  
      n  
8    a person who has liberal ideas or opinions  
     (C14: from Latin liberalis of freedom, from liber free)  
  liberally      adv  
  liberalness      n  
liberal arts  
      pl n   the fine arts, humanities, sociology, languages, and literature,   (Often shortened to)    arts  
Liberal Democrat  
      n   a member or supporter of the Liberal Democrats  
Liberal Democrats  
      pl n   (in Britain) a political party with centrist policies; established in 1988 as the Social and Liberal Democrats when the Liberal Party merged with the Social Democratic Party; renamed Liberal Democrats in 1989  
Liberal Party  
      n  
1    one of the former major political parties in Britain; in 1988 merged with the Social Democratic Party to form the Social and Liberal Democrats; renamed the Liberal Democrats in 1989  
2    one of the major political parties in Australia, a conservative party, generally opposed to the Labor Party  
3    one of the major political parties in Canada, generally representing viewpoints between those of the Progressive Conservative Party and the New Democratic Party  
4    any other party supporting liberal policies  
liberal studies  
      n   functioning as sing     (Brit)   a supplementary arts course for those specializing in scientific, technical, or professional studies  
Liberal Unionist  
      n   a Liberal who opposed Gladstone's policy of Irish Home Rule in 1886 and after  
  Liberal Unionism      n  
Social and Liberal Democratic Party  
      n   (in Britain) a centrist political party formed in 1988 by the merging of the Liberal Party and part of the Social Democratic Party. In 1989 it changed its name to the Liberal Democrats  

English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  

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liberal

  
1    advanced, humanistic, latitudinarian, libertarian, politically correct or PC, progressive, radical, reformist, right-on     (informal)  
2    altruistic, beneficent, bounteous, bountiful, charitable, free-handed, generous, kind, open-handed, open-hearted, prodigal, unstinting  
3    advanced, broad-minded, catholic, enlightened, high-minded, humanitarian, indulgent, magnanimous, permissive, politically correct or PC, right-on     (informal)   tolerant, unbiased, unbigoted, unprejudiced  
4    abundant, ample, bountiful, copious, handsome, lavish, munificent, plentiful, profuse, rich  
5    broad, flexible, free, general, inexact, lenient, loose, not close, not literal, not strict  
  
Antonyms     
  
1    conservative, reactionary, right-wing  
3    biased, bigoted, intolerant, prejudiced  
4    cheap, inadequate, limited, skimpy, small, stingy  
5    fixed, inflexible, literal, strict  

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adj.
Liberal Democrat (UK), more frequently used in plural : libdems
familiar word formed by the combination of liberal, currently headed by Nick Clegg
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