Definition of liberality in English:



mass noun
  • 1The quality of giving or spending freely.

    ‘noblemen were expected to live with a certain liberality and panache’
    • ‘This in part explains the extraordinary liberality of parole decisions between 1942 and 1945.’
    • ‘Progressive causes are infused with legitimacy by the power of popular movements, not by the liberality or graciousness of leaders.’
    • ‘We've heard of your liberality with magistrates and the like, so we thought to come and see for ourselves.’
    • ‘The judge was a member of the Romilly family, a byword for liberality and compassionate public service, active in penal reform and similar good causes.’
    • ‘Let a man overcome anger by love, evil by good, greed by liberality, the lie by truth.’
    • ‘Some may even discover that they have the spiritual gift of liberality because they are able to give generously to advance the Lord's work.’
    friendliness, affability, amiability, geniality, cordiality, kindliness, kindness, sympathy, understanding, affection, warm-heartedness, good-naturedness, love, tenderness, fondness
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  • 2The quality of being open to new ideas and free from prejudice.

    ‘liberality towards bisexuality’
    • ‘There are degrees of liberality among Islamic states.’
    • ‘The charm of the various Scandinavian civilizations is that they assume everyone else is striving for the same open liberality.’
    • ‘He has written eloquently on American liberality and the excitement of American life.’
    • ‘London's character, its liberality, religious tolerance and diversity, is the very thing that makes it vulnerable.’
    • ‘Active in the life of the city, this person exercises courage, moderation, liberality, and justice in the public arena.’
    • ‘A nation, he argues, can move toward democracy and, at the same time, diminish liberality generally and human rights particularly.’
    • ‘I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations of justice and liberality.’
    • ‘The basic premise of liberality is tolerance, open-mindedness, and diversity.’
    • ‘Since then, the country's famously relaxed drug laws have attracted droves of weed lovers from across the globe and earned the country a sometimes controversial reputation for unparalleled liberality.’
    • ‘Would such liberality be shown towards the unmarried?’
    • ‘The teacher went on to explain that liberality and tolerance did not just mean liberality and tolerance of liberal minorities, but tolerance of Christianity.’
    • ‘The truth is that we are not as contemporary a society as we would like to believe - if a contemporary society is one that cherishes liberality of public discourse and guarantees the right to dissent.’
    • ‘The article observes that Dutch politicians and media have for years tried to conceal such ominous developments under the cover of political correctness and a society committed to tolerance and liberality.’
    • ‘People began to blame the liberality of the 1990 law for the onslaught of foreign missionaries.’
    • ‘Thus his apparent liberality on this question rested on pragmatic considerations rather than on principle.’


Middle English: from Old French liberalite, or from Latin liberalitas, from liberalis (see liberal).