lib´er|al|ness


lib´er|al|ness
lib|er|al «LIHB uhr uhl, LIHB ruhl», adjective, noun.
–adj.
1. a) generous; having or giving freely: »

a liberal donation. A liberal giver gives much. The bearers…are persons to whom you cannot be too liberal (Dickens). Wisely liberal of his money for comfort and pleasure (John Ruskin).

SYNONYM(S): bountiful. b) plentiful; abundant: »

We put in a liberal supply of fuel for the winter.

SYNONYM(S): ample, large.
2. a) tolerant; not narrow in one's ideas and views; broad-minded: »

a liberal thinker, liberal theology.

b) not strict; not rigorous: »

a liberal interpretation of a rule.

3. favoring progress and reforms: »

a liberal political program.

4. giving the general thought; not a word-for-word rendering; broad and sympathetic as opposed to literal and pedantic: »

a liberal translation.

5. of or having to do with the liberal arts or a liberal education.
6. Obsolete. a) free from restraint; free in speech or action. b) licentious.
–n.
a person favorable to progress and reforms.
[< Old French liberal, learned borrowing from Latin līberālis befitting free men < līber free]
lib´er|al|ly, adverb.
lib´er|al|ness, noun.
Lib|er|al «LIHB uhr uhl, LIHB ruhl», adjective, noun.
–adj.
of or belonging to a political party, especially the Liberal Party of Great Britain, that favors progress and reforms.
–n.
a member of a Liberal Party.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • il|lib´er|al|ly — il|lib|er|al «ih LIHB uhr uhl, LIHB ruhl», adjective. 1. not liberal; narrow minded; prejudiced: »Illiberal attitudes…do not sound the death knell of the Republic (Scientific American). SYNONYM(S): bigoted. 2. stingy; m …   Useful english dictionary

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