Simple Definition of illiberal
: 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>
Examples of illiberal
an illiberal attitude toward sex
<an illiberal society that viewed any artistic depiction of the nude as inherently indecent>
Origin of illiberal
Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin illiberalis ignoble, stingy, from Latin in- + liberalis liberal
First Known Use: 1535
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