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

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Other Words from libertarian

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Brnovich, a libertarian-leaning Republican who has served as the state’s top prosecutor since 2015, becomes the third Republican to get into the race and the most well-known politically. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, The Arizona Republic, 11 June 2021 Daniels was previously policy director at Libertas Institute Utah, a libertarian-leaning think tank. Sara Tabin, The Salt Lake Tribune, 2 June 2021 Gutfeld, who identifies as a libertarian, said people on both sides of the political aisle will be getting his abuse. Stephen Battaglio Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 5 Apr. 2021 Sean Wiley, who voted twice for Mr. Trump and describes himself as a conservative libertarian, said the government needed to provide assistance to people who have lost their jobs in the pandemic but argued that the current package was too large. New York Times, 25 Feb. 2021 Shorn and clean-shaven, flecks of gray in his sideburns, swapping denim and frills for off-the-rack suit jackets, Zappa perfectly fit the image of the American civil libertarian. John Semley, The New Republic, 26 Nov. 2020 Needless to say, the former option is much more congenial to the GOP’s libertarian and business wings. Robert Verbruggen, National Review, 10 Sep. 2020 Massie, a libertarian-leaning Republican, defended the Illinois teen, Kyle Rittenhouse. Bruce Schreiner, Star Tribune, 4 Sep. 2020 Spanberger, a former CIA officer, faces Virginia Del. Nick Freitas, a former Green Beret vet and libertarian-leaning Republican. Washington Post, 3 Aug. 2020

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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 22 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of libertarian

: 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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