1) a sane person;
2) someone with a political belief that sits between the two extremes of liberal and conservative, usually combining aspects of both (example: liberal on social issues yet conservative on economic issues);
3) someone who seeks compromise on political issues and as such gets insulted by the two extremes who just don't get the idea that this form of government survives by compromise;
4) someone whose political beliefs seem quiet and mild, and as such always ignored by the media, which seeks out people from the screechy Left and shrill Right because they make for better sound bites.
Moderates rule. Turn off FOX News and CNN and turn on Cartoon Network!
by Paul Wartenberg December 2, 2003
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1. By definition, the greatest political alignment on Earth.

2. A person who actually thinks for themselves instead of automatically adhering to all beliefs of a bipartisan system.

3. Someone who views political issues objectively and in a open-minded manner.

4. Someone who is actually willing to listen to another person's viewpoint without completely bashing their ideas.
1. I am a moderate...yay for me.
by booshmaster May 11, 2003
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Neither liberal nor conservative. Contrary to popular belief, does NOT imply a political affiliation or lack thereof; someone with no political party is considered an Independent, but can still be very conservative or very liberal. A moderate is merely someone who isn't conservative enough to be on the right, and isn't liberal enough to be on the left. Another popular (and incorrect) belief is that moderates just can't make up their minds. That's as untrue as it gets; I am an independent moderate myself, and I have no trouble making up my mind. I'm just considered moderate because, for example, I am against both abortion AND capital punishment. The former is a conservative view, and the latter is a liberal view. Therefore I am moderate.
I'm moderate because I have beliefs that overlap liberalism and conservativism, NOT because I don't belong to a party, and NOT because I can't make up my mind! Go screw a tree you asses.
by progamer124 July 11, 2003
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A person who gets to make fun of bleeding hearts and knee-jerk cryptofascists at the same time.
Yeah, you got your conservatives and your liberals, but how do you actually get anything done without the moderates making the deals?
by Brian X July 4, 2003
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1. A person who, upon hearing the political arguments presented by both of the only two options available in the U.S., decides that both sides are run by crazy fanatics with no concept or reality. Upon realizing this, the moderate also comes to the conclusion that the only way to make progress is to aid both sides of the struggle to both make the favorable changes and fend off the unfavorable.
2. One who thinks before voting.
You've got your religious zealots on the right, and communist human haters on the left. Guess I'll have to be a moderate, it's the only choice for the sane.
by Anonymous August 18, 2003
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The type of person liberals and conservatives are jealous of because they are the normal political type.
by Anonymous May 15, 2003
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(noun) A political orientation, also known as centrist, that seeks a middle road between liberal and conservative, a balanced political outlook. True moderates take varying positions on matters based on independence of thought, though many false moderates are merely timid conservatives or liberals.
A typical moderate takes more liberal stances on civil-liberties issues such as gay rights, abortion, immigration and diversity, and separation of church and state, as well as an active promotion of social causes by the government. Yet, he seeks to do so in more fiscally conservative ways, relying less on taxation and regulation and more on private initiative.
by LudwigVan December 19, 2003
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