libertarian

noun

lib·​er·​tar·​i·​an ˌli-bər-ˈter-ē-ən How to pronounce libertarian (audio)
-ˈte-rē-
1
: an advocate of the doctrine of free will
2
a
: 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
libertarian adjective
libertarianism noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The Pennsylvania trader, a libertarian with a passion for charter schools, made some unorthodox donations in states far from his home. Dan Alexander, Forbes, 10 Nov. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1789, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of libertarian was in 1789

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“Libertarian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/libertarian. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

libertarian

noun

lib·​er·​tar·​i·​an ˌlib-ər-ˈter-ē-ən How to pronounce libertarian (audio)
: a person who believes in liberty of thought and action
libertarian adjective
libertarianism noun

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