Definition of 'liberal'
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Without the strongest liberal democracy taking the lead? Times, Sunday Times (2017)She appears ready to become the most prominent defender of liberal values after his departure. Times, Sunday Times (2016)But liberals mustn't think that political reform is enough. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Back in 1989 we thought we were witnessing the triumph of capitalism and liberal democracy. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Their drug of choice was Marxism and under its influence they argued that liberal democracy was a capitalist con. Times, Sunday Times (2016)To the left here was the last liberal leader standing, succumbing to tawdry populism to save her political skin. Times, Sunday Times (2016)I'm just a bit more liberal in my values. The Sun (2017)It will be liberal, reforming and proudly European. Times, Sunday Times (2017)She admits she could have done more to correct misleading reports that made liberal use of the phrase'flying solo '. Times, Sunday Times (2016)He is as strong as a prize bull and he made liberal use of the bouncer. Times, Sunday Times (2012)This says less about their liberal values than their desire for profits. Times, Sunday Times (2016)We have become more liberal and tolerant. Times, Sunday Times (2013)It is just this case that we must deny to the economic liberal. After Thatcher (1989) Social liberals cannot stand by and see this voice fade. Times, Sunday Times (2014)The exam culture is part of a broader decline of liberal education. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Fresh or dried herbs should also be used in liberal amounts. The Family Nutrition Workbook (1988)They share my view that liberal reform should be conservative in timing and temper. Times, Sunday Times (2015)He will dance his way to a more liberal and tolerant society. Times, Sunday Times (2013)And it made the case for liberal economic purity harder to make. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Rather the more conservative and the more liberal social policies cut through each party. The Collins History of the World in the 20th Century (1994)But he says that he hopes to go home and put his liberal education into practice. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Independence is a central liberal value. Times, Sunday Times (2010)The second was America as a promoter of liberal democracy around the world. Times, Sunday Times (2008)The change of sponsorship has been seen by some Russian liberal intellectuals a political move. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Liberal democracy is a fraud, a cover for the power of the elite. Times, Sunday Times (2015)The panel of experts is also packed with liberal lawyers, sparking fears of a whitewash. The Sun (2011)Not least, it is subversive of the intellectual foundation of liberal democratic society. Tenured Radicals: How Politics Has Corrupted Higher Education (1990)I think liberal capitalism is a great social good. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The decor is urbane rather than academic, with modern paintings on the wall and liberal use of a mushroom colour scheme. Times, Sunday Times (2010)The answer to that is the Liberal Democrats. Times, Sunday Times (2013)He then moved into politics, working as an adviser to the Liberal party. Times, Sunday Times (2014)
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Translations for 'liberal'
British English: liberal /ˈlɪbərəl; ˈlɪbrəl/ ADJECTIVE
Someone who has liberal views believes people should have a lot of freedom in deciding how to behave and think.
She is known to have liberal views on divorce and contraception.
- American English: liberal
- Arabic: مُتَحَرِرٌ
- Brazilian Portuguese: liberal
- Chinese: 自由主义的
- Croatian: liberalan
- Czech: liberální
- Danish: liberal
- Dutch: liberaal
- European Spanish: liberal
- Finnish: vapaamielinen
- French: libéral
- German: liberal
- Greek: φιλελεύθερος
- Italian: liberale
- Japanese: リベラルな
- Korean: 자유주의의
- Norwegian: liberal
- Polish: liberalny
- European Portuguese: liberal
- Romanian: liberal
- Russian: либеральный
- Spanish: liberal
- Swedish: liberal
- Thai: เกี่ยวกับลัทธิเสรีนิยม
- Turkish: açık görüşlü
- Ukrainian: ліберальний
- Vietnamese: tự do
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