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lib·er·al

liberal

 
 
pronunciation:
lI b rl [or] lI brl
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: generous.
The cook used a liberal amount of salt and pepper in this meal.
synonyms:
bountiful, generous
antonyms:
stingy
similar words:
free, lavish, profuse
definition 2: respectful of differences; tolerant.
He had a liberal attitude toward new ideas.
synonyms:
tolerant
similar words:
open, open-minded
definition 3: (often capitalized) favoring progress and change in government.
She was the leader of a liberal organization.
synonyms:
progressive
similar words:
radical
 
part of speech: noun
definition: a person who wants a certain kind of government. That government would support social change and the freedom of people to make their own choices.
The liberals on the committee think that the government should do more to help poor people.
 
synonyms:
progressive
derivations: liberally (adv.), liberalness (n.)
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