neo·​lib·​er·​al | \ ˌnē-ō-ˈli-b(ə-)rəl How to pronounce neoliberal (audio) \

Definition of neoliberal

: a liberal who de-emphasizes traditional liberal doctrines in order to seek progress by more pragmatic methods

Other Words from neoliberal

neoliberal adjective
neoliberalism \ ˌnē-​ō-​ˈli-​b(ə-​)rə-​ˌli-​zəm How to pronounce neoliberal (audio) \ noun

Examples of neoliberal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Similarly, Bill Clinton was not so much a standard liberal, but rather a neoliberal who reinforced Reagan’s revolution from the standpoint of the Democratic Party. Nick Lichtenberg, Fortune, 11 June 2022 And Leo’s character, Dr. Mindy, was going to be more the incrementalist, the neoliberal who was going to try and stay in the room. Los Angeles Times, 15 Dec. 2021 Second, the Obama regulatory team was for many years headed by a corrupt neoliberal who assumed administrative acts could only be a drag on the economy and therefore had to be proved to be a net benefit with elaborate, expensive research. Ryan Cooper, TheWeek, 19 Nov. 2020 After the Great Crash of 2008, neoliberals chafed at attempts to push forward aggressive Keynesian spending programs to spark demand. Ganesh Sitaraman, The New Republic, 23 Dec. 2019 The neoliberals were enthusiastic about high technology, which is why some called them the Atari Democrats, after the year’s top maker of video maker consoles. David Mark, Washington Examiner, 2 Feb. 2020 The second problem is that neoliberals on right and left sometimes use identity as a shield to protect neoliberal policies. Ganesh Sitaraman, The New Republic, 23 Dec. 2019 One of the reasons the world is in such a mess is that neoliberals became carried away with their own ideology. The Economist, 18 July 2019 Intellectual advocates of the job guarantee believe their proposal serves a larger purpose of restoring the Democratic Party to its prelapsarian state of working-class innocence, before neoliberals took control. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, 25 Apr. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of neoliberal

1921, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for neoliberal

neo- + liberal entry 2

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“Neoliberal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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