Definition of liberalism
1 : the quality or state of being liberal
2a often capitalized : a movement in modern Protestantism emphasizing intellectual liberty and the spiritual and ethical content of Christianityb : a theory in economics emphasizing individual freedom from restraint and usually based on free competition, the self-regulating market, and the gold standard (see gold standard 1)c : a political philosophy based on belief in progress, the essential goodness of the human race, and the autonomy (see autonomy 2) of the individual and standing for the protection of political and civil liberties; specifically : such a philosophy that considers government as a crucial instrument for amelioration of social inequities (such as those involving race, gender, or class)d capitalized : the principles and policies of a Liberal (see 1liberal 6b) party
liberalistplay \ˈli-b(ə-)rə-list\ noun or adjective
liberalisticplay \ˌli-b(ə-)rə-ˈli-stik\ adjective
Examples of liberalism in a Sentence
liberalism had always claimed to stand for the greatest social good
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The study breaks down voters into four quadrants, defined by both social and economic liberalism.
Ates said the new mosque will be a place of liberalism where everyone is welcome and equal.
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New supervisor Clyde Clapp says the conservative county’s embrace of marijuana liberalism is proving disastrous, pot revenues or not.
In an important recent contribution to the study of religion and politics, political scientist Jeremy Menchik calls this tolerance without liberalism.
During the Cold War, right-wing anti-liberalism was slightly tempered by the need for a bipartisan foreign policy.
And while Pelosi may connote liberalism to many, in much of the country, her brand is quite the opposite -- reflecting an elitism that can hurt Democrats on Election Day.
So long as the Germans most hostile to the U.S. alliance espoused various shades of fascism and communism, then the mighty German middle would cling determinedly to the U.S. alliance as a bulwark of stability and liberalism.
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Definition of liberalism for English Language Learners
: belief in the value of social and political change in order to achieve progress
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