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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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 Michael Chambers is a libertarian who is urging Alaskans to vote yes on the convention next year. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Sep. 2021 Be as mulish about the vaccine as the spirit moves you to be, but be a good libertarian when restaurants and airlines decide not to serve you and businesses decline to employ you. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, 15 Aug. 2021 Church, who self-identifies as a libertarian and has never gotten a flu shot, posed for the cover of Billboard magazine getting his COVID jab. Jon Bream, Star Tribune, 16 July 2021 Parks and Recreation gave us Nick Offerman’s Ron Swanson, a rugged libertarian who holds zero problematic views and is putty in the hands of strong women. Judy Berman, Time, 19 July 2021 Meijer's district had been held for a decade by Justin Amash, a libertarian-leaning iconoclast who was fiercely critical of Trump and was the first House Republican to call for his impeachment. Jonathan Weisman New York Times, Star Tribune, 8 July 2021 Amid the backlash, Mr. Amash left the Republican Party in 2019 to try to run as a libertarian. Jonathan Weisman, New York Times, 8 July 2021 In a home state appearance in Greensburg, Kentucky, the libertarian-leaning Republican said Americans should make their own decisions on whether to be vaccinated. Bruce Schreiner, Star Tribune, 29 June 2021 Brnovich, a libertarian-leaning Republican who has served as the state’s top prosecutor since 2015, becomes the third Republican to get into the race and the most well-known politically. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, The Arizona Republic, 11 June 2021

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First Known Use of libertarian

1789, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Libertarian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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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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