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liberal

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of liberal

  1. 1 not bound by traditional ways or beliefs parents who take a very liberal attitude toward letting their children stay out late Synonyms of liberal broad-minded, nonconventional, nonorthodox, nontraditional, open-minded, progressive, radical, unconventional, unorthodox Words Related to liberal advanced, contemporary, modern; forbearing, indulgent, large-minded, lenient, permissive, tolerant; extreme; impartial, objective, unbiased Near Antonyms of liberal hard, rigid, strict; doctrinal, dogmatic (also dogmatical); bigoted, blinkered, intolerant, narrow-minded; reactionary, unreconstructed Antonyms of liberal conservative, conventional, hidebound, nonprogressive, old-fashioned, orthodox, stodgy, traditional

  2. 2 being more than enough without being excessive he always puts liberal amounts of grated cheese on his pizza Synonyms of liberal abundant, ample, aplenty, bounteous, bountiful, comfortable, cornucopian, galore, generous, plentiful, plenteous, plentyWords Related to liberal extra, supernumerary, surplus; abounding, blooming, overflowing, plump, replete, rich, rife, teeming, wealthy; adequate, enough, sufficient; fat, fecund, fertile, fruitful, luxuriant, prodigal, prolific; copious, fulsome, lavish, profuseNear Antonyms of liberal deficient, inadequate, insufficient, lacking, wanting; meager (or meagre), niggardly, stingy; skimpy; least, minimum; light, slight, small; barren, infertile, sterile, unfruitful, unproductiveAntonyms of liberal bare, minimal, scant, spare

  3. 3 giving or sharing in abundance and without hesitation a doctor who has been very liberal in dispensing low-cost care to patients who could not otherwise afford it Synonyms of liberal bighearted, bounteous, bountiful, charitable, free, freehanded, freehearted, fulsome, generous, munificent, open, openhanded, unselfish, unsparing, unstintingWords Related to liberal extravagant, handsome, lavish, overgenerous, profuse; altruistic, beneficent, benevolent, hospitable, humanitarian, philanthropic (also philanthropical); big, greathearted, largehearted, magnanimous, openhearted; compassionate, good-hearted, kind, kindly, samaritan, sympatheticNear Antonyms of liberal mean, petty, small; frugal, spare, sparing, thrifty; chary, stinting; acquisitive, avaricious, avid, coveting, covetous, desirous, grasping, hoggish, itchy, mercenary, rapacious; begrudging, envious, grudging, resentfulAntonyms of liberal cheap, close, closefisted, costive, illiberal [archaic], mingy, miserly, niggardly, parsimonious, penurious, selfish, stingy, stinting, tight, tightfisted, uncharitable, ungenerous

Synonym Discussion of liberal

liberal, generous, bountiful, munificent mean giving or given freely and unstintingly. liberal suggests openhandedness in the giver and largeness in the thing or amount given.
    • a teacher liberal with her praise
generous stresses warmhearted readiness to give more than size or importance of the gift.
    • a generous offer of help
bountiful suggests lavish, unremitting giving or providing.
    • children spoiled by bountiful presents
munificent suggests a scale of giving appropriate to lords or princes.
    • a munificent foundation grant


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