libertarian

noun lib·er·tar·i·an \ ˌli-bər-ˈter-ē-ən , -ˈte-rē- \

Definition of libertarian

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

play \ˌli-bər-ˈter-ē-ə-ˌni-zəm, -ˈte-rē-\ noun

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First Known Use of libertarian

1789


LIBERTARIAN Defined for English Language Learners

libertarian

noun

Definition of libertarian for English Language Learners

  • : 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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