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Synonyms for liberal
ˈlɪb ər əl, ˈlɪb rəllib·er·al

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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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. liberal, liberalist, progressivenoun

    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. liberaladjective

    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, tolerantadjective

    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. liberaladjective

    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. liberaladjective

    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, openhandedadjective

    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, liberaladjective

    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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. liberaladjective

    Synonyms:
    generous, bountiful, free, beneficent, munificent, princely, charitable, open-hearted, free-hearted, unselfish, disinterested

  2. liberaladjective

    Synonyms:
    enlarged, catholic, tolerant, unbigoted, high-minded, magnanimous, honorable, chivalrous

  3. liberaladjective

    Synonyms:
    large, full, unstinted, abundant, ample, plentiful

  4. liberalnoun

    Synonyms:
    liberalist, advocate of liberal principles

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. liberaladjective

    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. Matthew Vadum:

    Trump is a radical pragmatist who manages to come down on the conservative side more than the liberal side. He’s an opinionated, emotional man who is always full of energy. He enjoys being Donald Trump and all that entails. He sees things through the lens of experience and what he considers to be common sense. He calls ‘em as he sees ‘em. This leads to him changing his mind, as we’ve all seen, a lot. He’s a scrappy billionaire from humble Queens who, despite an Ivy League education, speaks with an accent some consider unsophisticated. He almost never talks about the Constitution or the Founding Fathers which infuriates many conservative intellectuals who think that he is beneath them.

  2. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez:

    All work is dignified. It allows you to add value to this society, to earn your keep not live off the hard work of others, as I mentioned in the beginning, the Democrats are separating people from the dignity of work. They know and they don't care. They are destroying this country. They are now the party of anti-work. Not only that, they want to cause public chaos, too. We have street chaos, crime is erupting liberal cities all over this country right now.

  3. Thomas Frazier:

    What is happening is that these studies use methods that are a bit more liberal and inclusive than the CDC's methods.

  4. Pat Boone:

    Christianity imposes restriction on behavior, even in movies, hollywood doesn’t like it when people tell them to stick to moral rules because it makes a lot of money breaking those rules. Orgies, vampires, zombies, debauchery of all forms. Anything goes, and it is liberal Democrats who are making these films. Depravity is profitable.

  5. Jamie Cameron:

    The perception that the current government is pushing rights-diminishing legislation through without apparent regard to the Charter may well be effectively forcing the Court to be more liberal, more activist, and more protectionist.


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