libertarian

noun
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 After finishing college at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Rhodes went to work in Washington as a staffer for Ron Paul, a libertarian-leaning Republican congressman, and later attended Yale, with stints in between as an artist and sculptor. CBS News, 27 Sep. 2022 After finishing college at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Rhodes went to work in Washington as a staffer for Ron Paul, a libertarian-leaning Republican congressman, and later attended Yale, with stints in between as an artist and sculptor. The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 Sep. 2022 After finishing college at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Rhodes went to work in Washington as a staffer for Ron Paul, a libertarian-leaning Republican congressman, and later attended Yale, with stints in between as an artist and sculptor. Jacques Billeaud, The Arizona Republic, 26 Sep. 2022 After finishing college at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Rhodes went to work in Washington as a staffer for Ron Paul, a libertarian-leaning Republican congressman, and later attended Yale, with stints in between as an artist and sculptor. Jacques Billeaud And Lindsay Whitehurst, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Sep. 2022 The longtime government minister has marketed herself as a libertarian in the mold of former Conservative leader Margaret Thatcher. Max Colchester, WSJ, 6 Sep. 2022 The Georgia Public Policy Foundation, a libertarian-leaning think tank, agreed with him. Ariel Hart, ajc, 19 Aug. 2022 That should mean more health insurance plans to choose from, said Chris Denson, director of policy and research at the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, a libertarian-leaning think tank. Ariel Hart, ajc, 29 July 2022 If a liberal and a libertarian can find solid common ground, who among us has an excuse not to join them? Tamar Haspel, Washington Post, 3 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of libertarian

1789, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Libertarian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/libertarian. Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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