Definition of neoliberal in US English:



  • Relating to or denoting a modified form of liberalism tending to favor free-market capitalism.

    • ‘He and his government are pushing through neo-liberal policies every single day.’
    • ‘On the one hand, there is a clearly defined capitalist neo-liberal project.’
    • ‘Given the above, it is both desirable and possible for neo-liberal policies and unfettered capitalism to be resisted and challenged.’
    • ‘Sounds like Liberal Party and neo-liberal policy to me.’
    • ‘The most conventional of all contemporary liberalisms is neo-liberal institutionalism.’
    • ‘Many newspapers and successive governments have pushed neo-liberal policies that have made life worse for millions of working people across Britain.’
    • ‘These are not on the agenda of globalizing neo-liberal Capital.’
    • ‘If neo-liberal capitalism enforced by the Pentagon is supposedly paradise on earth, how can you possibly explain why anyone should oppose it?’
    • ‘It has been a catastrophe for Third World producers whose livelihoods have been destroyed by neo-liberal policies.’
    • ‘This move towards the short term is specific to the contemporary, neo-liberal era of capitalism.’
    • ‘The events of the last days have led many to question the good will of neo-liberal policies and international monetary bodies in poor countries.’
    • ‘The overthrow of neo-liberal capitalism involves revolution in a national framework, even if that is not the end of the process.’
    • ‘The vote was against unbridled neo-liberal capitalism, not for nationalism.’
    • ‘It did its best to prevent the workers from waging a militant struggle against the neo-liberal policies of successive governments.’
    • ‘Or isn't this form of neo-liberal capitalism that's going on in Europe right now destroying our social systems?’
    • ‘They demanded jobs, that the banks release their savings and an end to neo-liberal free market economic policies.’
    • ‘The Socialist Party government, like the previous right wing one, has unleashed neo-liberal attacks on public sector workers.’
    • ‘The constitution is the European bourgeoisie's attempt to put neo-liberal policies at the heart of the EU.’
    • ‘History shows that the NDP introduced neo-liberal policies whilst in the legislature.’
    • ‘They are ideologically committed to capitalism in its neo-liberal form.’


  • A person with neoliberal views.

    • ‘This guarantees that sweat-shops will proliferate; indeed, some neo-liberals welcome them as a ‘necessary stage of development’.’
    • ‘We are facing an assault on working people by neo-liberals who are attacking our basic rights in every area of life, from birth to death.’
    • ‘For the neo-liberals, by contrast, the proposition that, when it comes, change originates mainly from the inside of particular countries is strongly supported.’
    • ‘The spectacular series of uprisings in Bolivia in June highlighted the extent to which the neo-liberals are losing control in Latin America.’
    • ‘In the heady days of the 1990s neo-liberals celebrated a policy win that theorists had first proposed 40 years earlier.’
    • ‘The second curious thing is that while the neo-liberals are always quoting Adam Smith, their focus on the workforce is much more reminiscent of David Ricardo and Karl Marx's emphasis on the labour theory of value.’
    • ‘In his critique of what he terms predatory globalization, for example, Falk argues that neo-liberals have undermined the social contract between state and society.’
    • ‘Diehard neo-liberals and true-believers in the capacity for perpetual institutional flexibility would say that this isn't a problem.’
    • ‘But in the absence of criticism by neo-liberals, social democratic governments orient themselves towards the centre or right.’
    • ‘Brown believes the IMF's economists are dogmatic neo-liberals who make a fetish of balanced budgets and he argues that Britain's public finances are in far better shape than those of other leading industrial nations.’
    • ‘I have watched liberals, neo-liberals, communists, anarchists, Tories, Stalinists and Think Tank contrarians twisting in a green wind, hoisted by their own sustainable petards.’
    • ‘In the 1970s the consensus was challenged from the right by neo-liberals who wanted to ‘roll back the state’.’
    • ‘Whether leftists or neo-liberals, they place abstract rights before accumulated wisdom.’
    • ‘Instead, they hover in the low 20s in the opinion polls, came fourth in the European elections and face a looming chasm between the traditional sandal brigade and the neo-liberals who want to dismantle the NHS.’
    • ‘Among some of the organisers and among most people preparing to go to Edinburgh, there is a sense that it is the system that is wrong and that the advisers and the neo-liberals are not to be trusted.’
    • ‘Free market neo-liberals believe that governments should not fight globalization or attempt to slow it down.’
    • ‘Firstly, because there is a crisis in the reformist parties internationally, people feel that their traditional home has been hijacked by neo-liberals.’
    • ‘For thirty years we've had pushed down our throats that there is no alternative to the all-against-all policies of the neo-liberals; that private is always better than public; and that me is always more important than you.’
    • ‘However, this partially imagined future fails to clarify what ordinary people are doing, and therefore how we can stop the neo-liberals.’
    • ‘In Poland as in other countries right wing social democratic neo-liberals are the greatest enthusiasts for the European Union.’