lib·​er·​al·​i·​ty | \ ˌli-bə-ˈra-lə-tē How to pronounce liberality (audio) \
plural liberalities

Definition of liberality

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

Examples of liberality in a Sentence

She treated his friends with remarkable liberality. Some may disagree with the liberality of their views about parenting.
Recent Examples on the Web Despite their relative openness, however, and as Mchangama readily concedes, neither the Greeks nor the Romans understood such liberality to be all-encompassing. Graham Hillard, National Review, 31 Mar. 2022 In a prior age, Puccini was hailed for his liberality. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 16 Nov. 2021 For Judge Barrett, liberality in interpreting some parts of the Constitution is apparently limited to a matter of months in the 18th century. Jonathan Turley, WSJ, 15 Oct. 2020 But when her loyal steward (John Rothman) finally convinces her that all this liberality has left her broke, and her creditors’ minions come calling with bills, her world and her illusions collapse. Jesse Green, New York Times, 19 Jan. 2020 Charity, bounty, and liberality must be added to it. Ramesh Ponnuru, National Review, 11 July 2019 The pendulum can swing widely in Iran, with periods of relative liberality alternating with crackdowns. Thomas Erdbrink, New York Times, 2 June 2018 Jackson cast the measure as an exercise in liberality. H.w. Brands, WSJ, 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, 14 Feb. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of liberality

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Liberality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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