lib·​er·​al·​i·​ty | \ˌli-bə-ˈra-lə-tē \
plural liberalities

Definition of liberality 

: the quality or state of being liberal also : an instance of this

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Examples of liberality in a Sentence

They were shocked by the liberality of her views on sex. He treated his friends with remarkable liberality.

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The pendulum can swing widely in Iran, with periods of relative liberality alternating with crackdowns. Thomas Erdbrink, New York Times, "As Taboos Break Down, Iranians Party On," 2 June 2018 Jackson cast the measure as an exercise in liberality. H.w. Brands, WSJ, "The Cherokee vs. the Cherokee," 5 Apr. 2018 Perhaps spurred on by their distaste for everything implied by such liberality, the Chinese government has become convinced that a far greater degree of social control is both necessary and possible. Adam Greenfield, The Atlantic, "China's Dystopian Tech Could Be Contagious," 14 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of liberality

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of liberality

: the quality of not being opposed to ideas or ways of behaving that are not traditional or widely accepted

: the quality of being generous

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to move with a clumsy heavy tread

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