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

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Charity, bounty, and liberality must be added to it. Ramesh Ponnuru, National Review, "The Right Liberalism," 11 July 2019 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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The first known use of liberality was in the 14th century

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“Liberality.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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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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