Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Narrow-minded; bigoted.
  • adjective Archaic Ungenerous, mean, or stingy.
  • adjective Lacking education in the liberal arts.
  • adjective Ill-bred; vulgar.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Not liberal; ignoble.
  • Not catholic; of narrow or prejudiced opinions or judgment.
  • Not manifesting or not promoting high culture; contracted; vulgar; coarse.
  • Not elegant: as, illiberal Latin.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Not liberal; not free or generous; close; niggardly; mean; sordid.
  • adjective Indicating a lack of breeding, culture, and the like; ignoble; rude; narrow-minded; disingenuous.
  • adjective rare Not well authorized or elegant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective restrictive to individual choice and freedom; authoritarian.
  • adjective narrow-minded; bigoted
  • adjective ungenerous, stingy

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

  • adjective narrow-minded about cherished opinions

Etymologies

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

[Latin illīberālis : in-, not; see in– + līberālis, liberal; see liberal.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From il- +‎ liberal.

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