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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Let a man overcome anger by love, evil by good, greed by liberality, the lie by truth.’
    • ‘We've heard of your liberality with magistrates and the like, so we thought to come and see for ourselves.’
    • ‘Progressive causes are infused with legitimacy by the power of popular movements, not by the liberality or graciousness of leaders.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
    • ‘The basic premise of liberality is tolerance, open-mindedness, and diversity.’
    • ‘London's character, its liberality, religious tolerance and diversity, is the very thing that makes it vulnerable.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations of justice and liberality.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Would such liberality be shown towards the unmarried?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He has written eloquently on American liberality and the excitement of American life.’
    • ‘Thus his apparent liberality on this question rested on pragmatic considerations rather than on principle.’
    • ‘People began to blame the liberality of the 1990 law for the onslaught of foreign missionaries.’
    • ‘The teacher went on to explain that liberality and tolerance did not just mean liberality and tolerance of liberal minorities, but tolerance of Christianity.’
    • ‘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.’


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