lib·​er·​tar·​i·​an ˌli-bər-ˈter-ē-ən How to pronounce libertarian (audio)
: an advocate of the doctrine of free will
: a person who upholds the principles of individual liberty especially of thought and action
capitalized : a member of a political party advocating libertarian principles
libertarian adjective
libertarianism noun

Examples of libertarian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Horning has run as a libertarian in past elections, including the 8th Congressional District in 2014, 2016 and 2022. Brittany Carloni, The Indianapolis Star, 13 May 2024 In the past, civil libertarians were able to head such legislation off, but that’s become harder in the current fevered climate. Michelle Goldberg, The Mercury News, 8 May 2024 American civil libertarians of the past once understood that inherent in the right to protest was the obligation to respect the right of people with differing views to protest as well. Bret Stephens, The Mercury News, 9 Apr. 2024 Moon worked to cast himself as a martyr persecuted for an unconventional faith, drawing support from a range of civil libertarians and religious conservatives, including Jerry Falwell and Tim LaHaye. TIME, 4 Apr. 2024 It has since been adopted by several of his fellow libertarians, like Ramiro Marra, who are increasingly distant from Milei’s inner circle apparently because of sister Karina’s decision. Agustino Fontevecchia, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 Conservatives latched onto him as a potential country music savior; liberals disdained him as a fat-shaming libertarian. Jake Harris, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 5 Apr. 2024 Yass has described himself as a registered libertarian and served for decades as a trustee of the nonprofit Cato Institute, a libertarian Washington think tank. Kalhan Rosenblatt, NBC News, 12 Mar. 2024 The principle that property rights apply to all human beings regardless of race or creed is held true by both classical liberals and libertarians. Wanjiru Njoya, Orange County Register, 13 Feb. 2024

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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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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