Synonyms of liberal


1. liberal, liberalist, progressive, adult, grownup

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

2. liberal, adult, grownup

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


1. broad, large-minded, liberal, tolerant, broad-minded (vs. narrow-minded)

usage: showing or characterized by broad-mindedness; "a broad political stance"; "generous and broad sympathies"; "a liberal newspaper"; "tolerant of his opponent's opinions"

2. liberal, left (vs. center) (vs. right)

usage: having political or social views favoring reform and progress

3. liberal (vs. conservative), civil-libertarian, liberalistic, neoliberal, progressive, reformist, reform-minded, socialized, socialised, welfarist, welfare-statist, left

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

4. big, bighearted, bounteous, bountiful, freehanded, handsome, giving, liberal, openhanded, generous (vs. stingy)

usage: 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"

5. free, loose, liberal, inexact (vs. exact)

usage: not literal; "a loose interpretation of what she had been told"; "a free translation of the poem"

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Definition and meaning of liberal (Dictionary)