(noun, adjective)


1. showing or characterized by broad-mindedness

- a liberal newspaper

Similar word(s): broad, tolerant

2. having political or social views favoring reform and progress

Similar word(s): left

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

Similar word(s): liberalistic, neoliberal, progressive, reformist, socialised, socialized, welfarist, left

4. generous.

- a liberal backer of the arts

Similar word(s): generous, big, bighearted, bounteous, bountiful, freehanded, giving, handsome, openhanded

5. not literal

Similar word(s): inexact, free, loose

Sentences with liberal as an adjective:

- He had a full education studying the liberal arts.

- He was liberal with his compliments.

- Add a liberal sprinkling of salt.

- Her parents had liberal ideas about child-rearing.

- Younger people tend to be more liberal than older people.


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

Similar word(s): liberalist, progressive

Definition categories: person, adult, grownup

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

Definition categories: person, adult, grownup