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illiberal

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adjective il·lib·er·al \(ˌ)i(l)-ˈli-b(ə-)rəl\

Simple Definition of illiberal

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

Full Definition of illiberal

  1. :  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 play \-ˌli-bə-ˈra-lə-tē\ noun
il·lib·er·al·ly play \-ˈli-b(ə-)rə-lē\ adverb
il·lib·er·al·ness play \-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>



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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