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I grew up in a very difficult country, a very oppressive situation because of the Somoza dictatorship. My family was in opposition to Somoza; Somoza was a liberal, and my family were conservatives. These were the two traditional parties in Nicaragua.
Gioconda Belli

Meaning of "liberal" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD LIBERAL

From Latin līberālis of freedom, from līber free.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF LIBERAL

liberal  [ˈlɪbərəl] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF LIBERAL

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Liberal can act as a noun and an adjective.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

WHAT DOES LIBERAL MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of liberal in the English dictionary

The first definition of liberal in the dictionary is relating to or having social and political views that favour progress and reform. Other definition of liberal is relating to or having policies or views advocating individual freedom. Liberal is also giving and generous in temperament or behaviour.


WORDS THAT RHYME WITH LIBERAL


agricultural
ˌæɡrɪˈkʌltʃərəl
antiliberal
ˌæntɪˈlɪbərəl
architectural
ˌɑːkɪˈtektʃərəl
cultural
ˈkʌltʃərəl
electoral
ɪˈlɛktərəl
federal
ˈfɛdərəl
funeral
ˈfjuːnərəl
general
ˈdʒɛnərəl
illiberal
ɪˈlɪbərəl
lateral
ˈlætərəl
mineral
ˈmɪnərəl
minerals
ˈmɪnərəl
neoliberal
ˌniːəʊˈlɪbərəl
prepuberal
priːˈpjuːbərəl
puberal
ˈpjuːbərəl
rural
ˈrʊərəl
spiral
ˈspaɪərəl
structural
ˈstrʌktʃərəl
temporal
ˈtɛmpərəl
ultraliberal
ˌʌltrəˈlɪbərəl

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE LIBERAL

liberal arts
liberal democracy
Liberal Democrat
Liberal Democrat Party
Liberal Democrats
liberal elite
Liberal Party
liberal studies
Liberal Unionism
Liberal Unionist
liberal-minded
liberaliser
liberalism
liberalist
liberalistic
liberalities
liberality
liberalization
liberalize

WORDS THAT END LIKE LIBERAL

attorney general
bilateral
bleeding-heart liberal
collateral
director general
director-general
Distrito Federal
ephemeral
feral
four-star general
in general
limousine liberal
literal
multilateral
numeral
peripheral
secretary-general
several
unilateral
visceral

Synonyms and antonyms of liberal in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «LIBERAL»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «liberal» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of liberal

Translation of «liberal» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF LIBERAL

Find out the translation of liberal to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of liberal from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «liberal» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

自由主义的
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

liberal
570 millions of speakers

English

liberal
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

उदार
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

مُتَحَرِرٌ
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

либеральный
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

liberal
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

উদার
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

libéral
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Liberal
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

liberal
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

リベラルな
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

자유주의의
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Liberal
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

tự do
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

தாராளவாத
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

उदारमतवादी
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

liberal
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

liberale
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

liberalny
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

ліберальний
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

liberal
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

φιλελεύθερος
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

liberale
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

liberal
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

liberal
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of liberal

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «LIBERAL»

The term «liberal» is very widely used and occupies the 8.952 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «LIBERAL» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about liberal

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10 QUOTES WITH «LIBERAL»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word liberal.
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Jack Abramoff
A conservative is a liberal who's been mugged, and a libertarian is a conservative who's been indicted.
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Jessica Alba
My parents were young and liberal and knew I was going to drink anyway, so they let me do it at home.
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Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Liberal capitalism is not perfect, but compared to the other 'isms,' it's far superior.
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Alain Badiou
Liberal capitalism is not at all the Good of humanity. Quite the contrary; it is the vehicle of savage, destructive nihilism.
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Amiri Baraka
A rich man told me recently that a liberal is a man who tells other people what to do with their money.
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Michael Baumgartner
Cantwell is so extreme that she doesn't see anything wrong with 11-year-old girls getting Plan B without a prescription. She is more liberal than Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and more liberal than President Obama. That is pretty extreme - a lot farther to the Left than most Washingtonians are comfortable with.
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Gioconda Belli
I grew up in a very difficult country, a very oppressive situation because of the Somoza dictatorship. My family was in opposition to Somoza; Somoza was a liberal, and my family were conservatives. These were the two traditional parties in Nicaragua.
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Pat Boone
When political figures are shown on television or in movies, it's always the liberal Democrats that are shown to be humane, caring people.
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Rocco Buttiglione
I can think that you are mistaken, but I have to be ready to give my life to maintain your right to make mistakes. I have to, though, have the right to say that you're mistaken. This is the principal of the liberal society.
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Stokely Carmichael
There has been only a civil rights movement, whose tone of voice was adapted to an audience of liberal whites.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «LIBERAL»

Discover the use of liberal in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to liberal and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Liberal Purposes: Goods, Virtues, and Diversity in the ...
A major contribution to the current theory of liberalism by an eminent political theorist challenges the views of such theorists as Rawls, Dworkin, and Ackerman, who believe that the essence of liberalism is neutrality.
William A. Galston, William Arthur Galston, 1991
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Liberal Nationalism
"This is a most timely, intelligent, well-written, and absorbing essay on a central and painful social and political problem of out time.
Yael Tamir, 1995
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Liberal Peace, Liberal War: American Politics and ...
Several previous analysts have offered theories to explain liberal peace, but they have not examined the state. This book explores the chain of events linking peace with democracies.
John M. Owen, 2000
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Liberal Leviathan: The Origins, Crisis, and Transformation ...
As a consequence both of U.S. foreign policy activism and gradual shifts in the distribution of world power, the liberal order faces significant new challenges. This book traces alternative paths through which these challenges might be met.
G. John Ikenberry, 2012
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Liberal Peace Transitions: Between Statebuilding and ...
This book examines the nature of 'liberal peace': the common aim of the international community's approach to post-conflict statebuilding.
Oliver P. Richmond, Jason Franks, 2009
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Liberal Rights: Collected Papers 1981-1991
9. Rights in conflict
Jeremy Waldron, 1993
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How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must): The World According ...
Coulter isn’t one.”--People “A great deal of research supports Ms. Coulter’s wisecracks.”--New York Times “The conservative movement has found its diva.”--Bill Maher “Ann Coulter is a pundit extraordinaire.”--Rush Limbaugh ...
Ann Coulter, 2004
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The Liberal Mind: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness
The Liberal Mind answers the quetion. This book is the first systematic analysis of the political madness that now threatens to destroy the West's greatest achievement: the American dream of civilized liberty. - Back cover.
Lyle H. Rossiter, 2006
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Liberal Islam: A Source Book
This book contends that "Liberal Islam" is not a contradiction in terms, but rather a thriving tradition more than a century old and undergoing a revival within the last generation.
Charles Kurzman, 1998
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The Strange Death of Liberal England
This is a classic account, first published in 1935, of the dramatic upheaval and political change that overwhelmed England in the period 1910-1914. Few books of history retain their relevance and vitality after more than sixty years.
George Dangerfield, 1997

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «LIBERAL»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term liberal is used in the context of the following news items.
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Blog: Liberal reasons why a border fence is unbuildable
Liberal reasons why a border fence is unbuildable. By Newsmachete. Liberals have to come up with some reason for not securing our borders. «American Thinker, Jul 15»
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'Liberal' Police State - Antiwar.com Original
Clark isn't a fascist, or a Fox News fire-breather: he's a conventional liberal. He was a critic of the Iraq war, a favorite of the Daily Kos/Netroots ... «Antiwar.com, Jul 15»
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Ghost of Hillary Clinton Haunts Liberal Convention | TIME
Hillary Clinton may safely be the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination, but at the largest gathering of the liberal grassroots in the country, ... «TIME, Jul 15»
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Former Liberal candidate John Earle, 43, dies after scuba diving in …
CORNWALL, ONT.—Cornwall police say 43-year-old John Earle, a former provincial Liberal candidate, has died after scuba diving in the St. «Toronto Star, Jul 15»
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Liberal activists see Bernie Sanders as champion for causes failed …
Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a Democratic presidential candidate, addresses the crowd at Netroots Nation, an annual gathering of liberal activists, ... «Washington Post, Jul 15»
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Liberal theory of justice doesn't support abortion - Baltimore Sun
The great liberal philosopher isn't quite a household name, but his influence on contemporary American liberalism and political philosophy is ... «Baltimore Sun, Jul 15»
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Former Liberal Leader John Hewson critical of Tony Abbott's …
Former Liberal leader John Hewson says if Prime Minister Tony Abbott continues to support Speaker Bronwyn Bishop throughout her expenses ... «Sydney Morning Herald, Jul 15»
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University of Hong Kong's delayed promotion of liberal scholar …
The deferred appointment of a pro-vice-chancellor post, for which liberal scholar Johannes Chan Man-mun is recommended, demonstrates ... «South China Morning Post, Jul 15»
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Limousine Liberal Sets Ellis Park Record | BloodHorse.com
Limousine Liberal sets a new record at Ellis Park. Print. Three-year-old Limousine Liberal blitzed to an Ellis Park track record for six furlongs in ... «BloodHorse.com, Jul 15»
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Trial courts too liberal with death sentences - The Hindu
Just five per cent of the 1,790 death sentences handed down by trial courts in the last 15 years have been confirmed by the Supreme Court. «The Hindu, Jul 15»

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