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liberal British & World English

Willing to respect or accept behaviour or opinions different from one’s own; open to new ideas

liberal English Thesaurus

the values of a liberal society

liberal New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

(capital in a political context; abbreviation Lib.)

Liberal in liberal British & World English

Relating to Liberals or a Liberal Party, especially (in the UK) relating to the Liberal Democrat party

neo-liberal British & World English

Relating to or denoting a modified form of liberalism tending to favour free-market capitalism

liberal arts British & World English

Arts subjects such as literature and history, as distinct from science and technology

Liberal Party British & World English

A political party advocating liberal policies, in particular a British party that emerged in the 1860s from the old Whig Party and until the First World War was one of the two major parties in Britain. In 1988 the party regrouped with elements of the Social Democratic Party to form the Social and Liberal Democrats, now known as the Liberal Democrats; a small Liberal Party still exists

liberal studies British & World English

An additional course in arts subjects taken by students studying for a qualification in science, technology, or the humanities

Liberal Democrat British & World English

(In the UK) a member of a party (formerly the Social and Liberal Democrats) formed from the Liberal Party and members of the Social Democratic Party

Liberal Unionist British & World English

A member of a group of British Liberal MPs who left the party in 1886 because of Gladstone’s support for Irish Home Rule. Led by Joseph Chamberlain from 1891, they formed an alliance with the Conservative Party in Parliament, and merged officially with them in 1909 as the Conservative and Unionist Party

Liberal Party of Canada British & World English

A Canadian political party generally taking a moderate, left-of-centre position. The party emerged in the mid 19th century, and held power for most of the period 1963–84

Liberal Party of Australia British & World English

An Australian political party established in its modern form by Robert Menzies in 1944, in opposition to the Australian Labor Party. It first gained power in 1949

Social and Liberal Democrats British & World English

(In the UK) a political party formed in 1988 from a majority of the membership of the Liberal Party and the Social Democratic Party. It was officially renamed in 1989 as the Liberal Democrats