[lib-er-uhl, lib-ruhl] adjective
- favorable to progress or reform, as in political or religious affairs.
- ( often initial capital letter ) noting or pertaining to a political party advocating measures of progressive political reform.
- of, pertaining to, based on, or advocating liberalism, especially the freedom of the individual and governmental guarantees of individual rights and liberties.
- favorable to or in accord with concepts of maximum individual freedom possible, especially as guaranteed by law and secured by governmental protection of civil liberties.
- favoring or permitting freedom of action, especially with respect to matters of personal belief or expression: a liberal policy toward dissident artists and writers.
- a person of liberal principles or views, especially in politics or religion.
- ( often initial capital letter ) a member of a liberal party in politics, especially of the Liberal party in Great Britain.
Origin: 1325–75; Middle English < Latin līberālis of freedom, befitting the free, equivalent to līber free + -ālis -al1
an·ti·lib·er·al, adjective, noun
Synonyms: progressive, broad-minded, unprejudiced, beneficent, charitable, openhanded, munificent, unstinting, lavish.
Antonyms: reactionary, intolerant. niggardly.
A descriptive term for persons, policies, and beliefs associated with liberalism. Usually used by the conservatives to mean "Idiot".