libertarian

noun
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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libertarian adjective
libertarianism \ ˌli-​bər-​ˈter-​ē-​ə-​ˌni-​zəm How to pronounce libertarianism (audio) , -​ˈte-​rē-​ \ noun

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One is the strawman version of libertarians, or free marketeers, that is often held up as a world view that needs to go. Nr Staff, National Review, "The Ungrateful among Us," 19 July 2019 The danger of going after Assange, civil libertarians say, is an attack on Americans’ right to know about what the government does with taxpayer dollars in America’s name. W.j. Hennigan, Time, "Prosecutors Threw the Book at Julian Assange. Here's How That Could Backfire," 14 June 2019 What has civil libertarians worried is that airports are face-scanning everyone, including U.S. citizens. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Don’t smile for surveillance: Why airport face scans are a privacy trap," 10 June 2019 Our Declaration of Independence, which we conservatives and libertarians venerate, rightly declares that government exists to protect life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Jon Caldara, The Denver Post, "Caldara: Colorado is ready for a reasonable abortion debate," 14 June 2019 What has civil libertarians worried is that airports are face-scanning everyone, including U.S. citizens. Anchorage Daily News, "To board a plane without a ticket, just give up your face -- and your privacy," 11 June 2019 What has civil libertarians worried is that airports are face-scanning everyone, including U.S. citizens. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Don’t smile for surveillance: Why airport face scans are a privacy trap," 10 June 2019 Walter Berns, First Amendment scholar, accused libertarians of philosophical shallowness and compared libertarian political theory to that of Hobbes. Richard Brookhiser, National Review, "Moving Portrait," 4 June 2019 What has civil libertarians worried is that airports are face-scanning everyone, including U.S. citizens. Washington Post, "Your face is now your boarding pass. And that’s a problem.," 24 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of libertarian

1789, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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libertarian

noun

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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