What are some alternative words for liberal?

Synonyms for liberal
ˈlɪb ər əl, ˈlɪb rəl

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. liberal, liberalist, progressive(noun)

    a person who favors a political philosophy of progress and reform and the protection of civil liberties

    Synonyms:
    progressive, imperfect, liberalist, imperfect tense, progressive tense, continuous tense

    Antonyms:
    conservativist, conservative, narrow, exact, hidebound, buttoned-up, ungenerous, standpat(a), fusty, traditionalist, blimpish, stingy, right, nonprogressive, narrow-minded, ultraconservative, unprogressive, center

  2. liberal(adj)

    a person who favors an economic theory of laissez-faire and self-regulating markets

    Synonyms:
    progressive, liberalist

    Antonyms:
    conservative, conservativist, exact, ungenerous, narrow, center, stingy, right, hidebound, buttoned-up, blimpish, traditionalist, nonprogressive, narrow-minded, standpat(a), fusty, ultraconservative, unprogressive

  3. broad, large-minded, liberal, tolerant(adj)

    showing or characterized by broad-mindedness

    "a broad political stance"; "generous and broad sympathies"; "a liberal newspaper"; "tolerant of his opponent's opinions"

    Synonyms:
    broad, bounteous, big, freehanded, full(a), panoptic, all-encompassing, extensive, all-inclusive, loose, unspecific, spacious, broad(a), patient of, encompassing, blanket(a), kind, free, all-embracing, across-the-board, tolerant, resistant, giving, bighearted, large-minded, wide, openhanded, handsome, bountiful, unsubtle

    Antonyms:
    conservative, conservativist, fusty, ungenerous, ultraconservative, narrow-minded, center, right, standpat(a), unprogressive, narrow, nonprogressive, buttoned-up, blimpish, traditionalist, stingy, exact, hidebound

  4. liberal(adj)

    having political or social views favoring reform and progress

    Synonyms:
    handsome, large-minded, giving, bighearted, openhanded, bounteous, broad, bountiful, free, loose, tolerant, freehanded, big

    Antonyms:
    conservativist, conservative, ultraconservative, exact, unprogressive, narrow-minded, buttoned-up, nonprogressive, stingy, blimpish, fusty, narrow, hidebound, right, center, standpat(a), ungenerous, traditionalist

  5. liberal(adj)

    tolerant of change; not bound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy, or tradition

    Synonyms:
    handsome, large-minded, giving, bighearted, openhanded, bounteous, broad, bountiful, free, loose, tolerant, freehanded, big

    Antonyms:
    conservative, conservativist, right, ungenerous, narrow-minded, center, traditionalist, exact, blimpish, buttoned-up, narrow, standpat(a), unprogressive, hidebound, nonprogressive, fusty, ultraconservative, stingy

  6. big, bighearted, bounteous, bountiful, freehanded, handsome, giving, liberal, openhanded(adj)

    given or giving freely

    "was a big tipper"; "the bounteous goodness of God"; "bountiful compliments"; "a freehanded host"; "a handsome allowance"; "Saturday's child is loving and giving"; "a liberal backer of the arts"; "a munificent gift"; "her fond and openhanded grandfather"

    Synonyms:
    plentiful, magnanimous, bountiful, prominent, big, vainglorious, cock-a-hoop, free, braggy, good-looking, with child(p), fine-looking, giving, large-minded, grownup, grown, large(p), enceinte, well-favoured, bounteous, self-aggrandizing, broad, swelled, handsome, fully grown, braggart(a), bighearted, expectant, freehand, tolerant, heavy(a), great(p), large, bragging(a), bad, freehanded, heavy(p), well-favored, big(a), better-looking, self-aggrandising, boastful, full-grown, openhanded, adult, gravid, big(p), crowing, loose

    Antonyms:
    conservativist, conservative, ungenerous, unprogressive, standpat(a), hidebound, ultraconservative, narrow-minded, nonprogressive, buttoned-up, fusty, narrow, exact, traditionalist, center, stingy, blimpish, right

  7. free, loose, liberal(adj)

    not literal

    "a loose interpretation of what she had been told"; "a free translation of the poem"

    Synonyms:
    spare, bountiful, sluttish, wanton, devoid, big, at large(p), idle, costless, large-minded, bounteous, easy, promiscuous, tolerant, detached, informal, complimentary, unaffixed, handsome, open, gratis(p), bighearted, slack, innocent, on the loose(p), destitute, freehanded, gratuitous, barren, broad, free, openhanded, giving, light, escaped, lax, loose

    Antonyms:
    conservativist, conservative, unprogressive, right, hidebound, fusty, exact, narrow-minded, standpat(a), center, narrow, ultraconservative, traditionalist, nonprogressive, buttoned-up, ungenerous, stingy, blimpish

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. liberal

    Generous (Latin genus, a race) primarily signifies having the qualities worthy of noble or honorable birth; hence, free and abundant in giving, giving freely, heartily, and self-sacrificingly. As regards giving, generous refers rather to the self-sacrificing heartiness of the giver, liberal to the amount of the gift; a child may show himself generous in the gift of an apple, a millionaire makes a liberal donation; a generous gift, however, is commonly thought of as both ample and hearty. A munificent gift is vast in amount, whatever the motive of its bestowal. One may be free with another's money; he can be generous only with his own. Disinterested suggests rather the thought of one's own self-denial; generous, of one's hearty interest in another's welfare or happiness. One is magnanimous by a greatness of soul (Latin magnus, great, and animus, soul) that rises above all that is poor, mean, or weak, especially above every petty or ignoble motive or feeling pertaining to one's self, and thus above resentment of injury or insult; one is generous by a kindness of heart that would rejoice in the welfare rather than in the punishment of the offender.

    Synonyms:
    bountiful, chivalrous, disinterested, free, free-handed, free-hearted, generous, magnanimous, munificent, noble, open-handed, open-hearted

    Antonyms:
    avaricious, close, covetous, greedy, ignoble, illiberal, mean, miserly, niggardly, parsimonious, penurious, petty, rapacious, stingy

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. liberal(a)

    Synonyms:
    generous, open-handed, bounteous, munificent, unstinted, princely, profuse, lavish, ample, abundant, catholic, magnanimous, tolerant

    Antonyms:
    illiberal, ungenerous, stingy, limited, narrow, bigoced

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How to use liberal in a sentence?

  1. Nick Clegg:

    I totally rule out any arrangements with the SNP — in the same way I rule out any arrangements with UKIP — because there is no meeting point for me with one party that basically wants to pull our country to bits and another party that wants us to pull out of the EU, i would never recommend to the Liberal Democrats that we help establish a government which is basically on a life support system, where Alex Salmond could pull the plug any time he wants.

  2. Will Rogers:

    I can remember way back when a liberal was one who was generous with his money.

  3. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott:

    The Liberal Party has dealt with the spill motion and now this matter is behind us, we think that when you elect a government, when you elect a prime minister, you deserve to keep that government and that prime minister until you have a chance to change your mind.

  4. Herve Mariton:

    They're more liberal than before but with exceptions, they want to improve the system but not change it altogether, they say 'I'm liberal but, for instance we should make sure we help farmers'.

  5. American Women:

    It's inspiring Democratic women to run, unfortunately, it's not inspiring Republican women to run. The rhetoric of the White House is a recruiting tool for liberal women to counter that.

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