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
a group of people who place names on people such as homophobics, calls every republican either a white trash hillbilly who doesn't know better or a super rich stuck up snob who hates the poor and wants to take their money which doesn't make any sense when you think about it...why take the poors money? They have barely any money? There poor? Liberals can be any person who belives in their views...no one puts a name on them like they do to the conservatives. Liberals own all of the media and control all of it which isnt a bad thing its just that the news on TV is extremely biased. Democrats are fine in my opinon its just the extreme liberals that can hurt the country in my opinion.
Bill Clinton was a good man...but not a good president
by Matt June 21, 2004
retarded bush hating traitors theywant to kill military servicemen put saddam in power want the united states blownup they slash school funding luv child rapers and hate everyone except themselves liberals suck
liberals :i am such a liberal i hate the united states, want to expand welfare, i praise jimmy carter, defend terrorists, did not want the war on terror, love michael moore, and is a complete idiot traitor, and i think everyone who fought in vietnam was a baby eater, go clinton!

(the person who wrote this is not liberal i am just quoting what liberals say)
by fatpenguinzrtakingover November 13, 2005
People who don't live in reality.

People who only criticize everyone else without offering any of their own solutions.

People with no valid arguments because they aren't arguing from any sort of position and so their mind changes like the wind.
John Kerry flip flopped like a screwball and couldn't make up his damn mind and so the people could see that Jerry Lewis would make a better president than dumbass John Kerry!
by John Kerry sucks balls April 25, 2005
The politics of a man with a brain and not a gay obsession with American Nationalism.

Pro abortion
Pro- gay rights
Not obsessed with fairytale books like the bible
Not willing to allow old people to die as they are unable to afford to heat their homes just to promote capitalism
They do not want to arm everyone with guns

Now obviously some liberals go too far and this is what gives them and a bad name and associates them with being a "liberal hippie douche". and promote disgusting policies such as affirmative action (Giving non-whites more rights than whites in essence). And some of them are far too anti-war. But generally they have the correct policies.
Liberal
by Propane_Nightmares December 03, 2010
see smart

A person who actually KNOWS what's going on, somebody who uses the brain in a good way, NOT to childishly play with stupid minds and pollute the FUCK out of the only planet we live in.

Of course, those who made vote for women, abolished slavery, etc.

In other words, modern day heroes. If we ever make it to, say, 2150, it will be thanks to liberals and environmentalists.
Need I say more??? Women's rights, gays not dead, blacks not dead, young fetuses dead and used for research, attempting to keep the earth alive. You really have to be stupid and ignorant to be a republican and that's statistically demostrated.

"Did you see that liberal gay homo piece of shit haha I know better with my 'education' even if I never went to colledge"
by JoPeruz March 06, 2007
.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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