Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The quality or state of being liberal or generous.
  • n. An instance of being liberal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The property of being liberal; generosity; charity.
  • n. A gift; a gratuity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being liberal; liberal disposition or practice; freedom from narrowness or prejudice; generosity; candor; charity.
  • n. A gift; a gratuity; -- sometimes in the plural.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality of being liberal in thought or opinion; largeness of mind; catholicity; impartiality: as, liberality in religion or politics; he treats his opponent's views with great liberality.
  • n. Freeness in imparting or yielding; disposition to give or concede; generosity; bounty; magnanimity: as, liberality in one's donations or concessions.
  • n. An expression or manifestation of generosity; that which is generously given.
  • n. Synonyms Bounty, Generosity, etc. (see beneficence), bountifulness; toleration, candor.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an inclination to favor progress and individual freedom
  • n. the trait of being generous in behavior and temperament

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French liberalité, from Latin līberālitās ("a noble, kind, or friendly disposition; generosity") (Wiktionary)

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