from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Serving to liberate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Tending, or serving, to liberate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Tending to liberate or set free.


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  • In this case, the force of the "liberatory" might be shaken loose by the more openly libratory (for oscillatory) effects of subvocal text production.

    Phonemanography: Romantic to Victorian

  • Trangression and transgressive are a long way on the way to acquiring wholly positive meanings something like 'liberatory', 'unconstrained', 'life-affirming', 'joyous'.


  • Imagine dozens, or hundreds, of people gathering in every city, town, neighborhood, synagogue, church and college campus to go through a set of rituals and readings together that recall the liberatory message of our traditions and to apply them to the contemporary world that first weekend in April or in the following days.

    Rabbi Michael Lerner: Create A Passover Seder Or Easter Gathering For The 99%

  • Just as the Israelites, who were emancipated from slavery in Egypt celebrated on Passover, and just as the early Christians, who encountered Jesus' liberatory preferential option for the poor, began to live as witnesses to the possibility of a different world.

    Rabbi Michael Lerner: Create A Passover Seder Or Easter Gathering For The 99%

  • But, as LB points out, Derrida's writing was at first taken as some kind of politically liberatory gesture, and so the era of deconstruction and French theory began.

    Philosophy and Literature

  • What will it actually take once and for all to give the lie to war as a tool for achieving anything positive, and in the process finally to debunk the jingoistic fervor and liberatory propaganda that accompany it?

    Randall Amster: WikiLessons: War Is a Joke, But It Isn't Funny

  • Of course, it's ironic to cover Freire's ideas about liberatory education as part of a curriculum and it's encouraging when students point this out.

    Letters: Health warning

  • Before working in the anti-trafficking movement, I held somewhat conventional liberal beliefs about porn -- it represented free speech, liberatory sexuality, and "free choice," made by consumers and performers alike.

    Lara Janson: Tales From the Census Trail: The Price of Peddling Porn

  • Thus, we must distinguish ethical from unethical liberatory projects.

    Printing: Lessons Learned

  • One movement, sometimes labeled liberatory and radical, Abahlali base Mjondolo ABM, SA's largest movement founded in 2005, is portrayed as vehemently against the ANC's exploitative framework.

    Khadija Sharife: Barefoot or Branded Politics?


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