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Adjective - Falling to the left on the political spectrum of the average person, being in favour of more government control of economic actions (such as making minimum wage laws), but less governmental control of personal actions (such as allowing protesting)
noun - Any person who is liberal, as desribed above
The ACLU is a very liberal organization

Of course Mike wont vote for Bush; he's a liberal.
by kstar April 27, 2004
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1. Derived from "Liberty", a liberal is literally someone who believes in freedom. This includes freedom of religion, freedom from tyranny, and free markets.

However, American liberals have rejected freedom of the market, and have economically mixed liberal ideals with socialist ideals to create the American liberal. This is someone who supports personal freedom in social issues, and mixed economic initiatives to create greater equality within capitalism.

Typical issues that liberals support are less restrictions on abortions, more restrictions on guns, the equality of genders, races, religions and sexual orientations, and the Separation of Church and State. The American liberal would add on such things as socialized healthcare, environmentalism and greater support for the poor through welfare and greater spending on public services.

Liberal is sometimes used as an insult by their enemies, conservatives. This occurs in the United States, elsewhere liberal is usually a complement. As a result, many liberals dub themselves progressives, which does not have the same negative connotations.
1. "Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both."
Benjamin Franklin

2. "I hate liberals. Stupid pinko liberals are ruining America."
"Yeah, damn liberals and their...their...liberty. Psht, this is America, we don't need liberty. God bless America."
"Hey, wait..."

3. Often thought of as the founder of Liberalism, John Locke said that no state has the right to take away a person's "life, health, liberty, or possessions."
by SpecialKay April 19, 2006
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1. A Liberal is usually someone who falls to the left of the political spectrum i.e restricted use of guns. They also usually vote against things like the death penalty.

2. The Word liberal is in my experience used by far right people to describe people who want to at least try and protect people.
1. I belive that the death penalty is wrong for numerous reasons.
2. Far Right person 'What do you mean there should be a debate over the Iraq war? What are you some liberal commie wuss?'
by Dagill August 19, 2009
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An individual who attempts to see the bigger picture. One who questions authority, and who believes in actual freedom, not dictated freedom, as is handed down by republican politicians.
Any free-thinking individual who doesn't rely on archaic texts like the bible to dictate how they live.
by Tragic April 07, 2003
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One who is polically speaking, party neutral. One who examines both sides of an issue before making a stance, and also will re-examine their stance upon presentation of new evidence.
A liberals views are not limited by bigotry, tradition, dogma, tradtion, etc. They are based on the results of their own observations and investigations into a subject from as many sides as possible.
While the liberal prefers to use logic over emotion, it does not mean he is without a heart. A liberal is just a capable of compassion as another man. He only tries to avoid the irrationality that can result from stong emotions.
Are you a Republican or a Democrat? Neither I'm a liberal.
by MrBobaFett October 28, 2004
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1. Technically, someone who falls to the left in a political system, who believes in government programs (healthcare is a good example, as is welfare) and a larger scope of government, also favors monitoring of business and protection of constitutional rights. Someone who believes that the federal government should have more importance than state government,

2. Somehow, it has turned into an insult, like the word conservative. Usually used as such by people who have never taken a political science class and don't know what the word means. Often used to describe "liberal media" despite the fact that most media outlets are owned by conservative corporations like ClearChannel, and the prevalence of conservative talk shows.
1. "He has a liberal attitude towards life"
2. "That gay homo is a liberal comunnisst pinnko! Limbaugh toled me so, and O'reailly agreez! Fox News Rulz, they so impartial in their support of everything Bush! Goddamn liberal media!
by .thieved April 21, 2003
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Liberals are whiney, moral-lacking, tree-hugging, pot-smoking, butt-fucking, communists who are poisoning america's youth.

see: asshole,moron,clinton
Liberals like Bill Clinton and his Communist wife Hillary, should die.
by ConservativeGirlsDoItBetter October 28, 2007
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