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adjective liberal pronunciation in American English /ˈlɪb(ə)rəl/
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  1. 1
    accepting different opinions and ways of behaving and tending to be sympathetic to other people
    Their views on marriage and divorce are very liberal.
    1. b.
      used about societies, institutions, etc. that allow people a lot of personal freedom
      We live in a liberal democracy.
      The government has promised more liberal economic policies if it is elected.
  2. 2
    a liberal amount is large and generous
    There was a liberal supply of food and wine.
    1. a.
      generous with something
      liberal with: He was always been fairly liberal with his cash.
  3. 3
    not strict or exact
    I was persuaded to adopt a very liberal interpretation of the rules.

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