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In politics, the term liberal refers to:

  • an adherent of the ideology of liberalism or a state or quality of this ideology. (Note: the words "liberal" or "liberalism" can have different meanings in different countries and may also vary with the political background of the user. Therefore, the terms have various meanings throughout Wikipedia. A more comprehensive discussion can be found at Liberalism.)
  • a political party associated with ideals of individual freedom, greater intellectual liberty, greater individual participation in government, and constitutional, political, and administrative reforms designed to secure these objectives, such as the U.S. Constitution.
  • if capitalized (as in Liberal with a capital-L), the word usually refers to members of a political party that goes by the name Liberal Party (Note: a party calling itself Liberal may not necessarily follow what some people consider to be Liberalism.)
  • a supporter or member of a liberal party (see also small-l liberal).

As a non-political adjective, liberal can refer to:

Liberal is also the name of two towns in the United States: Liberal, Kansas and Liberal, Missouri.

El Liberal was the name of a daily newspaper published in Spain between 1879 and 1936.

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