Liberal

Definition of Liberal

Lib´er`al   Pronunciation: lĭb´ẽr`al
a.1.Free by birth; hence, befitting a freeman or gentleman; refined; noble; independent; free; not servile or mean; as, a liberal ancestry; a liberal spirit; liberal arts or studies.
2.Bestowing in a large and noble way, as a freeman; generous; bounteous; open-handed; as, a liberal giver.
Infinitely good, and of his good
As liberal and free as infinite.
- Milton.
3.Bestowed in a large way; hence, more than sufficient; abundant; bountiful; ample; profuse; as, a liberal gift; a liberal discharge of matter or of water.
His wealth doth warrant a liberal dower.
- Shak.
4.Not strict or rigorous; not confined or restricted to the literal sense; free; as, a liberal translation of a classic, or a liberal construction of law or of language.
5.Not narrow or contracted in mind; not selfish; enlarged in spirit; catholic.
6.Free to excess; regardless of law or moral restraint; licentious.
7.Not bound by orthodox tenets or established forms in political or religious philosophy; independent in opinion; not conservative; friendly to great freedom in the constitution or administration of government; having tendency toward democratic or republican, as distinguished from monarchical or aristocratic, forms; as, liberal thinkers; liberal Christians; the Liberal party.
I confess I see nothing liberal in this " order of thoughts," as Hobbes elsewhere expresses it.
- Hazlitt.
The liberal arts
See under Art.
Liberal education
education that enlarges and disciplines the mind and makes it master of its own powers, irrespective of the particular business or profession one may follow.
n.1.One who favors greater freedom in political or religious matters; an opponent of the established systems; a reformer; in English politics, a member of the Liberal party, so called. Cf. Whig.

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