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

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Other Words from neoliberal

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

Examples of neoliberal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "The Collapse of Neoliberalism," 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, "Book Review: Presidential race once deemed most negative of modern times now looks quaint," 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, "The Collapse of Neoliberalism," 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, "The study of history is in decline in Britain," 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, "Democrats Are Rushing Into a Job Guarantee. It Could Be a Huge Mistake.," 25 Apr. 2018 But this conflates pro-government liberals such as President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton with pro-market neoliberals such as House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). Walter Hatch, Washington Post, "Cornel West accused Ta-Nehisi Coates of being a neoliberal. Does neoliberal still mean anything?," 23 Jan. 2018 Neoliberals should be thinking about how to use law and regulation to halt the menace of industrial concentration. Noah Smith, The Denver Post, "Defending neoliberalism from the extremes of left and right," 23 May 2017 Homophobes and gun freaks aren’t all that eager to have their presumptions questioned on national TV, and neither are radical feminists, Black Panthers and neoliberals — even by someone who’s genuine, sincere and pure. The Washington Post, The Denver Post, "Ron Currie doesn’t do metaphors in One Eyed Man, but he’s fine with gimmicks," 2 Mar. 2017

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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 6 Jul. 2020.

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