1. Of a FREE heart; FREE to give or bestow; not close or contracted; munificent; bountiful; generous; giving largely; as, a liberal doner; the liberal founders of a college or hospital. It expresses less than Profuse or Extravagant. 2. Generous; ample; large; as, a liberal donation; a liberal allowance. 3. Not selfish, narrow, or contracted; catholic; enlarged; embracing other interests than one's own; as, liberal sentiments or views; a liberal mind; liberal policy. 4. General; extensive; embracing literature and the sciences generally; as, a liberal education. This phrase is often, but not necessarily, synonymous with COLLEGIATE; as, a collegiate education. 5. FREE; open; candid; as, a liberal communication of thoughts. 6. Large; profuse; as, a liberal discharge of matter by secretions or excretions. 7. FREE; not literal or strict; as, a liberal construction of law. 8. Not mean; not low in birth or mind. 9. Licentious; FREE to excess. Shak. Liberal arts, as distinguished from mechanical arts, are such as depend more on the exertion of the mind than on the labor of the hands, and regard amusement, curiosity, or intellectual improvement, rather than the necessity of subsistence, or manual skill. Such are grammar, rhetoric, painting, sculpture, architecture, music, &c. Liberal has of before the thing bestowed, and to before the person or object on which any thing is bestowed; as, to be liberal of praise or censure; liberal to the poor.
LIB'ER-AL, n. One who advocates greater freedom from restraint, especially in political institutions.
Last night the phone rang and a lady with a foreign accent asked to speak with me. It took a full 3 minutes for me to understand just what it was that she wanted of me and then I was finally made to understand, by this person with even worse english than mine, that I'd been called to participate in a political survey. When asked if I voted mostly Democrat or mostly Republican my reply was that I vote mostly Liberal as I don't think it matters what the political party is as long as they work for the freedoms our Country was founded upon and for the progress of the American people. The lady couldn't wait to get rid of me after that.
After I hung up the phone, I had to smile when I thought of all the people they could have called during that 10 minute survey, and they called someone like me who's so absolutely digusted with the lack of ethics, morals, and choices in politics.
Bart For President!