Meaning of libertarian in English:


Pronunciation /ˌlɪbəˈtɛːrɪən/

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  • 1An advocate or supporter of a political philosophy that advocates only minimal state intervention in the free market and the private lives of citizens.

    ‘no true libertarian would ever support a culture where citizens must show their papers to travel’
    • ‘Rather, hard-core libertarians believe that government is naturally extremely prone to error, both moral and factual.’
    • ‘Go read it, especially if you're a hardcore libertarian.’
    • ‘On the other hand, the libertarian socialist critique of consumerism appears surprisingly, if not uncomfortably pertinent.’
    • ‘Even the thoroughgoing libertarians have to ask what to do in light of that reality.’
    • ‘I'm a left-wing libertarian myself, and I agree with you entirely on the subject of drug legalization.’
    • ‘Even hardcore libertarians accept restrictions on liberty when the behavior harms others.’
    • ‘The libertarian minimalists will likely find my outlook to be anathema to their own.’
    • ‘I hope to see a comprehensive attempt at a rebuttal of realist theory by the libertarian minimalist school.’
    • ‘The Detroit News editorial page is historically a conservative editorial page with libertarian leanings.’
    • ‘New Hampshire beat out nine other states, all with small populations and libertarian leanings.’
    • ‘I'm more of a libertarian socialist, if we must have classifications.’
    • ‘Left- and right-wing libertarians alike are skeptical of any laws that impede commercial free speech.’
    • ‘Was Laura's routine a sign that we're entering a libertarian conservative phase?’
    • ‘One can understand how a monetarist central banker with a libertarian bent might object.’
    • ‘Certainly, the Right possesses a set of libertarian ideals many Americans embrace.’
    • ‘Personally, I have an instinctive attraction to some aspects of libertarian ideals.’
    • ‘Cleaving to principle means something more than holding high and not contradicting the ultimate libertarian ideal.’
    • ‘I am afraid that I remain a total libertarian on such issues.’
  • 2A person who advocates civil liberty.

    ‘Civil libertarians and privacy advocates will no doubt continue to call for caution in consumers' use of the VeriChip.’
    • ‘Civil libertarians and many Democrats say those powers are overreaching and have fought to have them rolled back.’
    • ‘Libertarians believe in self-governance as related to both personal and economic issues.’
    • ‘Indeed, some civil libertarians have already argued that this is the appropriate line.’
    • ‘Civil libertarians argue this is hardly an onerous burden for law enforcement.’
    • ‘However, try telling that to an employer, civil libertarians argue.’
  • 3Philosophy
    A person who believes in the doctrine that human beings possess free will.

    ‘In this article I try to refute the so-called libertarian theory of free will, and to examine how our conclusions ought to modify our common attitudes of praise and blame.’
    • ‘He also reviewed the 1717 book and defended a doctrine of libertarian free will as he had in the earlier correspondence.’
    • ‘Some philosophers - usually called libertarians - resolutely believe that voluntary decisions actually are created by the will, free of causal antecedents.’
    • ‘Some of these incompatibilists, libertarians, hold that at least some persons have free will and that, therefore, determinism is false.’
    • ‘The good of libertarian free will requires, in short, the possibility of moral evil.’
    tolerant, unprejudiced, unbigoted, broad-minded, open-minded, enlightened, forbearing


  • Relating to or denoting a political philosophy that advocates only minimal state intervention in the free market and the private lives of citizens.

    ‘he holds libertarian views on most social issues’
    • ‘a lot of people are very libertarian; they just haven't heard the term’


Late 18th century (in libertarian (sense 3 of the noun)): from liberty, on the pattern of words such as unitarian.