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English definition of “liberal”


adjective (NOT EXACT)    /ˈlɪb.ər.əl/ US  /-ɚ-/
not exact; without attention to or interest in detail: a liberal interpretation of the lawWrong liberality     /ˌlɪb.əˈræl.ə.ti/ US  /-t̬i/ noun [U] formal liberally     /-i/ adverb formal Apply the cream liberally to the affected area.Plenty and abundant
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