adjective \(ˌ)i(l)-ˈli-b(ə-)rəl\

: not allowing people to think and act as they choose : not liberal

Full Definition of ILLIBERAL

:  not liberal: as
a archaic
(1) :  lacking a liberal education (2) :  lacking culture and refinement
b :  not requiring the background of a liberal arts education <illiberal occupations>
c archaic :  not generous :  stingy
d :  not broad-minded :  bigoted <illiberal thinking>
e :  opposed to liberalism <illiberal tendencies>
il·lib·er·al·i·ty \-ˌli-bə-ˈra-lə-tē\ noun
il·lib·er·al·ly \-ˈli-b(ə-)rə-lē\ adverb
il·lib·er·al·ness \-b(ə-)rəl-nəs\ noun

Examples of ILLIBERAL

  1. an illiberal attitude toward sex
  2. <an illiberal society that viewed any artistic depiction of the nude as inherently indecent>


Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin illiberalis ignoble, stingy, from Latin in- + liberalis liberal
First Known Use: 1535


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