Definition of liberalism in English:



mass noun
  • 1The holding of liberal views.

    ‘one of the basic tenets of liberalism is tolerance’
    ‘the shift from liberalism to radicalism’
    • ‘The emerging political liberalism in this period centered its attention on the American Constitution.’
    • ‘Social liberalism is an optimistic creed, which flourishes best in good times.’
    • ‘He made a speech in which he condemned bourgeois liberalism and asserted the need for continuing class struggle.’
    • ‘They reject classical liberalism's singularly optimistic view of international relations.’
    • ‘There has been a creeping erosion of the social welfare state, as neo-conservative political philosophy has come to replace the social democratic liberalism of the postwar era.’
    • ‘He rejected the liberalism of postwar America as amoral.’
    • ‘The political liberalism of the moderates was matched by their economic liberalism.’
    • ‘Liberalism, not conservatism, was the default ideology because Roosevelt made his arguments in stark and clear ideological terms.’
    • ‘Despite his cautionary tone, he believes that economic liberalism will eventually win out.’
    • ‘Toward the end of his ministry, he led the church out of the Baptist Union because of the widening influence of theological liberalism in the Union.’
    • ‘He was in the vanguard of the generation of postwar Arab intellectuals who sought to steer the region toward a rationalist secular liberalism.’
    • ‘The chronic guilt that defines modern liberalism makes liberal politicians fundamentally unable to deal with terrorists, wrote a US scholar.’
    1. 1.1 The doctrine of the Liberal Party, especially (in the UK) the Liberal Democrats.
      ‘working-class support for Liberalism’
      • ‘The refurbished Liberalism of the Edwardian years thus faced many difficulties.’
      • ‘My own cultural background of Welsh political Liberalism and Nonconformist religious conscience - in indirect descent from Lloyd George - has inflected my approach.’
      • ‘The uniqueness of the German Popular Liberalism is that it was a regional phenomenon, while in England Popular Liberalism was a national phenomenon.’
      • ‘The movement hoped to convert the Liberal Party to 'New Liberalism' and thus to allow the continuation of the Liberals as a broadly based party.’
      • ‘The issue was fundamentally about whether Liberal Democrats would define Liberalism only in opposition to the right wing.’
      • ‘An exponent of the new Liberalism, he urged state welfare provision to enable individuals to develop their abilities and contribute to the common good.’
      • ‘Home Rule thus shackled Liberalism to Gladstone.’
      • ‘Liberalism's focus is still very much on the general character of the relationships within the system.’
      • ‘Her early radical Liberalism gradually developed into Christian socialism.’
      • ‘Popular discontent with the limitations of Gladstonian Liberalism was also developing.’
      • ‘This project proved extremely popular in the factory districts of northern England, anticipating later working-class support for Liberalism and the commitment to land reform.’