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Liberal

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LIB'ERAL, a. L. liberalis, from liber, free. See Libe.

1. Of a free heart free to give or bestow not close or contracted munificent bountiful generous giving largely as a liberal donor the liberal founders of a college or hospital. It expresses less than profuse or extravagant.
2. Generous ample large as a liberal donation a liberal allowance.
3. Not selfish, narrow on contracted catholic enlarged embracing other interests than one's own as liberal sentiments or views a liberal mind liberal policy.
4. General extensive embracing literature and the sciences generally as a liberal education. This phrase is often but not necessarily synonymous with collegiate as a collegiate education.
5. Free open candid as a liberal communication of thoughts.
6. Large profuse as a liberal discharge of matter by secretions or excretions.
7. Free not literal or strict as a liberal construction of law.
8. Not mean not low in birth or mind.
9. Licentious free to excess.

Liberal arts, as distinguished from mechanical arts, are such as depend more on the exertion of the mind than on the labor of the hands, and regard amusement, curiosity or intellectual improvement, rather than the necessity of subsistence, or manual skill. Such are grammar, rhetoric, painting, sculpture, architecture, music. &c.

Liberal has of before the thing bestowed, and to before the person or object on which any thing is bestowed as, to be liberal of praise or censure liberal to the poor.

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