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English definition of “liberalize”


verb [T] (UK usually liberalise)     /ˈlɪb.ər.əl.aɪz/ US  /-ɚ-/
to make laws , systems , or opinions less severe : They have plans to liberalize the prison system .Justice and fairness liberalization (UK usually liberalisation)     /ˌlɪb.ər.əl.aɪˈzeɪ.ʃən/ US  /-ɚ-/ noun [U] Political reform and economic liberalization don't always go together.Open-mindedJustice and fairness
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