illiberal

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

Definition of illiberal

  1. :  not liberal: such asa archaic (1) :  lacking a liberal education (2) :  lacking culture and refinementb :  not requiring the background of a liberal arts education illiberal occupationsc archaic :  not generous :  stingyd :  not broad-minded :  bigoted illiberal thinkinge :  opposed to liberalism illiberal tendencies

illiberality

play \(ˌ)i(l)-ˌli-bə-ˈra-lə-tē\ noun

illiberally

play \(ˌ)i(l)-ˈli-b(ə-)rə-lē\ adverb

illiberalness

play \(ˌ)i(l)-ˈli-b(ə-)rəl-nəs\ noun

Examples of illiberal in a sentence

  1. an illiberal attitude toward sex

  2. an illiberal society that viewed any artistic depiction of the nude as inherently indecent

Origin and Etymology of illiberal

Medieval French or Latin; Medieval French, from Latin illiberalis ignoble, stingy, from Latin in- + liberalis liberal


First Known Use: 1535


ILLIBERAL Defined for English Language Learners

illiberal

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

Definition of illiberal for English Language Learners

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


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