lib·​er·​tar·​i·​an | \ ˌli-bər-ˈter-ē-ən How to pronounce libertarian (audio) , -ˈte-rē- \

Definition of libertarian

1 : an advocate of the doctrine of free will
2a : a person who upholds the principles of individual liberty especially of thought and action
b capitalized : a member of a political party advocating libertarian principles

Other Words from libertarian

libertarian adjective
libertarianism \ ˌli-​bər-​ˈter-​ē-​ə-​ˌni-​zəm How to pronounce libertarian (audio) , -​ˈte-​rē-​ \ noun

Examples of libertarian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Polis, a libertarian-leaning Democrat who made a fortune as an internet entrepreneur in the 1990s, has high hopes for blockchain technology. Gilad Edelman, Wired, 25 Feb. 2022 O'Rourke was an outspoken conservative libertarian and a fellow at the Cato Institute. Grayson Quay, The Week, 15 Feb. 2022 From the article: For now, the effort is focused on outside groups, especially free market and libertarian-leaning organizations, many of which Meta supports financially. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 2 Feb. 2022 Youngkin’s message resonates deeply with Morales, a libertarian who has voted for Democrats such as Obama and Northam in the past, and backed Trump in last year’s presidential race. Los Angeles Times, 1 Nov. 2021 Massie, a libertarian-leaning Republican, is known for outspoken tweets on topics such as opposing vaccine mandates. Anne Ryman, The Arizona Republic, 24 Oct. 2021 Michael Chambers is a libertarian who is urging Alaskans to vote yes on the convention next year. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Sep. 2021 Be as mulish about the vaccine as the spirit moves you to be, but be a good libertarian when restaurants and airlines decide not to serve you and businesses decline to employ you. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, 15 Aug. 2021 Church, who self-identifies as a libertarian and has never gotten a flu shot, posed for the cover of Billboard magazine getting his COVID jab. Jon Bream, Star Tribune, 16 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of libertarian

1789, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Libertarian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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