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liberal arts

noun plural

: areas of study (such as history, language, and literature) that are intended to give you general knowledge rather than to develop specific skills needed for a profession

Full Definition of LIBERAL ARTS

1
:  the medieval studies comprising the trivium and quadrivium
2
:  college or university studies (as language, philosophy, literature, abstract science) intended to provide chiefly general knowledge and to develop general intellectual capacities (as reason and judgment) as opposed to professional or vocational skills

First Known Use of LIBERAL ARTS

14th century

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