ETYM French libéral, Latin liberalis, from liber free; perh. akin to libet, lubet, it pleases, Eng. lief. Related to Deliver.
1. Having political or social views favoring reform and progress.
2. Tolerant of change; not bound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy, or tradition.
1. A person who favors a political philosophy of progress and reform and the protection of civil liberties; SYN. progressive.
2. A person who favors an economic theory of laissez-faire and self-regulating markets.