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If used in a non-political sense, "liberal" simply means "a lot."
I'd like a large popcorn with a liberal amount of butter, please.
by Doc Sigma September 24, 2003
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"These damn liberals are ruining America!"
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by CONSERVATIVE November 13, 2003
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Typically, an American who is in support of more personal freedoms, (the right for everyone to vote, marry, protest, etc.) but less economic freedom (in favor of regulated economy and higher taxes for the rich). A liberal falls to the left of the center on a lateral political spectrum, as opposed to a conservative, who falls to the right. A conservative tends to support more economic freedom (less regulation of business and lower taxes for everyone) but less personal freedom (e.g. only straights should be allowed to marry, sex should only be between married heterosexuals, recreational drugs should be illegal)

However, in contemporary America some conservatives and liberals have abandoned much of the anti-freedom pretense (in a personal and economic sense), and have become somewhat libertarian. (someone who believes the people should have as many personal and economic freedoms as possible while still maintaining a peaceful, civilized society)
I'm a liberal, so I won't vote for Sarah Palin, she wants to keep weed illegal and not let the gays get married.
by Muhammajesubuddha. May 17, 2010
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Liberal is a person with liberal views. However, an EXTREME liberal is the WORST type of person. To start with they brainwash people. Then they convince you that their pre made views they hand to you are open minded. They tell you to hate Republicans and everyone who thinks differently than you. They are the first to throw around the word racist. Most extreme liberal abuse minorities. They look for a group typically blacks or hispanics, convince them they are nothing and need the liberals to survive, then exploit them for political power. Extreme liberals are usually igorant but claim everyone else is. They pretend to be looking out for the people but are only looking out for themselves. Some day people will realize this is the truth.
Now listen, I am only talking about EXTREME liberals. Liberals aren't great either but extreme are horrible Extreme republicans are just as bad. Extreme anything is bad. The moral of the story folks, stay middle of the road, don't completely trust any political group because hey, once you get far enough up in the line there is no difference in the groups they are all selfish and corrupt. Keep an open mind. Think for yourself. Don't believe everything you are told. Have fun. And pay attention to the details here before you flip on me.
by i speak truth August 24, 2006
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The term varies a lot between contexts, so, to avoid looking like a dumbass, I'll stick with the ones I know.

#1: Liberal, adjective, non-political.

Stating using a large dosage of something or having mostly nonrestrictive views about issues such as sex or religion.

Example: I used a liberal amount of sugar to make those cookies. I am fairly liberal when it comes to what Church I go to. I am liberal and venturesome in the bedroom.

#2: Liberal, adjective, political.

Example:

Due to the sheer amounts of hate and propoganda floating around here, I will try to be as objective as possible.

Liberals are generally on the left side of the political spectrum. This is the same side as communists, fascists, and socialists. However, most liberals are not communists, or fascists, or socialists to any significant degree. Communism is to the far end of Liberalism. It is about the destruction of all class and property distinctions between people, like China during the Great Leap Forward. Fascism is a strong, centrist dictatorship, but is not communist. An example would be Suddam Hussein's Iraq.

See below to continue.
Socialism is the blanket term that most accurately describes what many moderate liberals believe. It is like a watered-down form of communist in it's media-presented form. However, it is not that simple. It is about the government and the people aiding one another and distributing supplies and wealth according to a system. The degree of socialism ranges strongly, from almost non-existent levels such as in ancient Rome's alimentia, which was free bread and vegetable soup to the poor. The extreme end would be Hitler's Germany, which had programs for the betterment of certain Germans. It brought the country out of WW1, but it turned essentially fascism with social security.

I think I've said enough. If you haven't figured it out already, I am a Liberal. Thats the end of part 1. I'd post more, but someone implemented limits on how long entries can be.
by cogitator June 09, 2010
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.A person, in general, who is much more educated and informed than the average conservative. Who thinks an expert trained in their field is more knowledgeable than a talk show host. Who thinks we on earth should solve our problems rather than the invisible man in the sky. Who can back up what they say by checking facts and sources. Who knows the difference between facts-knowledge and faith-belief. Who believes in science and doesn't think scientists are conspiring to present falsities as facts to advance some sinister agenda. Who cares more about people than money. Who love more than they hate. Who knows a system based on greed can not fulfill the greater good but instead empowers con men, and all manner of criminals. Who understands that the rich and powerful will lord over everyone else unless the government imposes some restraint. Who fought for workers rights, such as the abolition of child labor, the 40 hour workweek, overtime pay, workers comp.,the right to organize collectively, equal rights and pay for women and many many other rights. All of these advances were fought by the cons. Most of which they would turn back if they could. Who want to progress into the future rather than retrogress into a fairy tail past.
The more educated one is the more likely one is to be humane, liberal, and agnostic.
by show me or blow me October 26, 2011
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