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

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

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David Koch, the industrialist and libertarian who used his fortune to transform American politics while also donating more than $1 billion to philanthropic causes, has died. Tom Metcalf, BostonGlobe.com, "David Koch, industrialist who funded conservatives, dies at 79," 23 Aug. 2019 Some civil libertarians question the accuracy of facial recognition technology and worry about its use in schools. John Wisely, Detroit Free Press, "School security cameras add facial recognition software," 12 Aug. 2019 The dissent won praise not only from liberals but libertarians who originally opposed her confirmation. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "'The People's Justice:' After decade on Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor is most outspoken on bench and off," 8 Aug. 2019 Well, there are libertarians and there are Libertarians, and some in the latter camp are trying to coax Amash into running for the Libertarian Party presidential nomination in 2020. Lucy Steigerwald, The New Republic, "Justin Amash and the Libertarian Future," 29 July 2019 Leonard shows that the Kochs’ political motives are both ideological, as hardcore free-market libertarians, and self-interested, serving their fossil-fuel-enriched bottom line. Jane Mayer, The New Yorker, "“Kochland” Examines How the Koch Brothers Made Their Fortune—and the Influence It Bought," 13 Aug. 2019 The core ideas of the conference were that the concept of nationalism needs to be rehabilitated and that conservatives should not let libertarians set their economic agenda. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 25 July 2019 Massie is beloved among libertarians for his stances against military intervention and federal spending. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "Rand Paul: Thomas Massie has 'my full support' against GOP primary threat," 4 July 2019 One is the strawman version of libertarians, or free marketeers, that is often held up as a world view that needs to go. Nr Staff, National Review, "The Ungrateful among Us," 19 July 2019

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First Known Use of libertarian

1789, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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libertarian

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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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