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English definition of “liberal”

liberal

adjective     /ˈlɪbərəl/
respecting and allowing many different types of beliefs or behaviour: a liberal society/attitude/view Changing attitudes to sexuality are a reflection of a more liberal society.a liberal policy/stance The government defends its liberal policy on soft drugs.
POLITICS used to describe political beliefs and groups that support more personal freedom and a fairer sharing of wealth and power in society: The federal government is bound to be a coalition involving the liberal party.
ECONOMICS, POLITICS used to describe an economic system that allows industry to be free to develop without the involvement of government: The successes of liberal economic policies in the US and Britain act as powerful examples.
giving or given in a generous way: Terms were liberal, with small down payments and government financing.
not exact, and without attention to or interest in detail: They now take a more liberal interpretation of their powers.
(Definition of liberal adjective from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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