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liberal

adjective  /ˈlɪb·ər·əl/ us  

liberal adjective (SOCIAL)

allowing many different types of beliefs or behavior: a liberal society/person

liberal adjective (POLITICS)

politics & government tending to emphasize the need to make new laws when necessary because of changing conditions and to depend on the government to provide social services: a liberal policy/position

liberal adjective (GENEROUS)

giving or given in a generous way: Some merchants offer very liberal return policies, but others are strict.

liberal adjective (NOT EXACT)

without attention to or interest in small details: Other teachers are a lot more liberal about spelling errors than Mr. Brady.

liberal

noun [C]  /ˈlɪb·ə·rəl/ us  

liberal noun [C] (POLITICALLY LIBERAL PERSON)

a person who thinks the government needs to make new laws when necessary because of changing conditions and who believes that the government should provide social services: Liberals in Congress support the bill.
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