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
Recent Examples of libertarian from the Web
Joe Buchman, Libertarian Joe Buchman, 59, is a lifelong libertarian, according to his campaign website.
A recent study produced by the Voter Study Group found that libertarians basically don’t exist in the American body politic.
But the truth is that the underrepresented cohort in American politics is the opposite of libertarians: people with right-wing social views who support big government on the economy.
Human-rights groups cheered, libertarians jeered, and the international—and American—left warned that the new policy will harm Cubans and U.S. investors.
Natsagdorj is a die-hard libertarian who finds everything about the FBI slightly creepy.
Once only a curiosity with strong appeal to libertarians and technologists, bitcoin's supporters now include hedge fund managers, titans of industry and a former Treasury secretary.
Civil libertarians, including the ACLU, have argued that the diagnosis has been wrongly used by law enforcement to explain deaths linked to excessive force.
Those conservatives who flinch from supporting Trump come from differing strands of conservatism, ranging from paleoconservatives to libertarians to neo-conservatives.
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: 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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