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liberaladjective

uk   /ˈlɪb.ər.əl/  us   /-ɚ-/

liberal adjective (SOCIETY)

C1 respecting and allowing many different types of beliefs or behaviour: a liberal society/attitude Her parents were far more liberal than mine.
Opposite
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liberal adjective (POLITICS)

C1 (of a political party or a country) believing in or allowing more personal freedom and development towards a fairer sharing of wealth and power within society
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liberal adjective (GENEROUS)

formal giving or given in a generous way: He was very liberal with the wine.

liberal adjective (NOT EXACT)

not exact; without attention to or interest in detail: a liberal interpretation of the law
liberalism
noun [U] uk   us   /-ɪ.zəm/
liberality
noun [U] uk   /ˌlɪb.əˈræl.ə.ti/  us   /-t̬i/ formal
liberally
adverb uk   us   /-i/ formal
Apply the cream liberally to the affected area.

liberalnoun [C]

uk   /ˈlɪb.ər.əl/ /-rəl/  us   /-ɚ-/ /ˈlɪb.ər.əl/ /-rəl/  /-ɚ-/
someone who respects many different types of beliefs or behaviour: He's a good old-fashioned liberal.
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