: believing that government should be active in supporting social and political change : relating to or supporting political liberalism
Liberal : of or belonging to the liberal political party in countries like Canada and the United Kingdom
Full Definition of LIBERAL
1 a : of, relating to, or based on the liberal arts <liberal education>
6 a : of, favoring, or based upon the principles of liberalism
Examples of LIBERAL
- She is a liberal Democrat who married a conservative Republican.
- She has a liberal attitude toward sex.
- He made a very liberal donation to the museum.
- Many fishermen keep their holes from freezing over with liberal injections of antifreeze. —Time, 28 Feb. 1974
- Alexandra looked at him mournfully. “I try to be more liberal about such things than I used to be. I try to realize that we are not all made alike …” —Willa Cather, O Pioneers!, 1913
- This cost him considerable, for Dick was rather fastidious about his cigars, and wouldn’t smoke the cheapest. Besides, having a liberal nature, he was generally ready to treat his companions. —Horatio Alger, Ragged Dick, 1868
- On most issues he was thought of as a generally liberal figure, but on gun control he was live-free-or-die National Rifle Association man. —Jonathan Raban, Harper’s, Aug. 1993
Origin of LIBERAL
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin liberalis suitable for a freeman, generous, from liber free; perhaps akin to Old English lēodan to grow, Greek eleutheros free
: a person who believes that government should be active in supporting social and political change : a person who is politically liberal