Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

liberal

liberal
Meaning(s)
1) rejecting traditional ways of thinking, promoting progression (usu. in society)
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional MediumSocial
    • liberal approach/outlook/understanding
  • Analysis
     'Liberal' can be used as an adjective to describe a person who is open to new ways of thinking or embraces new ideas and opinions: "I'm sending my son to this school because it's liberal in its thinking." As a noun, it is used to describe a person who subscribes to the political philosophy of Liberalism (based in equality, liberty and consent of the governed). "Ask him for his views on the subject - he is a liberal man." Liberal can also mean 'broad, or widely understood' such as a 'liberal education', which means a broad education in many areas of knowledge. A 'liberal understanding' is a broad understanding of something. This word can also be used to talk about a generous or large amount: "A liberal serving of wine accompanied the meal." "She was too liberal in sharing her opinions. She should have kept them to herself." This is a word you will hear often in political discussions, but also in professional and social contexts.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. The Priest was popular among young people for having a liberal outlook on life.
    2. I grew up with very liberal parents. We didn't have many rules.
    3. The food was great and liberal amounts of beer were available for anyone who wanted some.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. The company took a rather liberal approach to dealing with staff grievances.
    2. The political party was known for having a liberal approach to problems in society.
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