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 actionb capitalized : a member of a political party advocating libertarian principles
libertarianismplay \ˌli-bər-ˈter-ē-ə-ˌni-zəm, -ˈte-rē-\ noun
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Those conservatives who flinch from supporting Trump come from differing strands of conservatism, ranging from paleoconservatives to libertarians to neo-conservatives.
Privacy and Security Civil libertarians and privacy activists have friends in high places again.
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Definition of libertarian for English Language Learners
: a person who believes that people should be allowed to do and say what they want without any interference from the government
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