Definition of illiberal
- illiberal occupations
- illiberal thinking
- illiberal tendencies
an illiberal attitude toward sex
an illiberal society that viewed any artistic depiction of the nude as inherently indecent
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First Known Use: 1535See Words from the same year
: not allowing people to think and act as they choose : not liberal
Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for illiberal
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without deliberation, pause, or delay
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