Antonyms of noun liberal

1 of 2 senses of liberal

Sense 1
liberal, liberalist, progressive -- (a person who favors a political philosophy of progress and reform and the protection of civil liberties)
       Antonym of conservative (Sense 1)
      => conservative, conservativist -- (a person who is reluctant to accept changes and new ideas)

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun liberal

2 senses of liberal

Sense 1
liberal, liberalist, progressive -- (a person who favors a political philosophy of progress and reform and the protection of civil liberties)
       => adult, grownup -- (a fully developed person from maturity onward)

Sense 2
liberal -- (a person who favors an economic theory of laissez-faire and self-regulating markets)
       => adult, grownup -- (a fully developed person from maturity onward)

Antonyms of adj liberal

5 senses of liberal

Sense 1
broad, large-minded, liberal, tolerant -- (showing or characterized by broad-mindedness; "a broad political stance"; "generous and broad sympathies"; "a liberal newspaper"; "tolerant of his opponent's opinions")

INDIRECT (VIA broad-minded) -> narrow-minded, narrow -- (lacking tolerance or flexibility or breadth of view; "a brilliant but narrow-minded judge"; "narrow opinions")

Sense 2
liberal -- (having political or social views favoring reform and progress)

INDIRECT (VIA right, left) -> center -- (of or belonging to neither the right nor the left politically or intellectually)
INDIRECT (VIA left, center) -> right -- (of or belonging to the political or intellectual right)

Sense 3
liberal (vs. conservative) -- (tolerant of change; not bound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy, or tradition)

conservative (vs. liberal) -- (resistant to change)
        => blimpish -- (pompously ultraconservative and nationalistic)
        => buttoned-up -- (conservative in professional manner; "employers are looking for buttoned-up types")
        => fusty, standpat (prenominal), unprogressive, nonprogressive -- (old-fashioned and out of date)
        => hidebound, traditionalist -- (stubbornly conservative and narrow-minded)
        => ultraconservative -- (extremely conservative)

Sense 4
big, bighearted, bounteous, bountiful, freehanded, handsome, giving, liberal, openhanded -- (given or giving freely; "was a big tipper"; "the bounteous goodness of God"; "bountiful compliments"; "a freehanded host"; "a handsome allowance"; "Saturday's child is loving and giving"; "a liberal backer of the arts"; "a munificent gift"; "her fond and openhanded grandfather")

INDIRECT (VIA generous) -> stingy, ungenerous -- (unwilling to spend; "she practices economy without being stingy"; "an ungenerous response to the appeal for funds")

Sense 5
free, loose, liberal -- (not literal; "a loose interpretation of what she had been told"; "a free translation of the poem")

INDIRECT (VIA inexact) -> exact -- (marked by strict and particular and complete accordance with fact; "an exact mind"; "an exact copy"; "hit the exact center of the target")

Similarity of adj liberal

5 senses of liberal

Sense 1
broad, large-minded, liberal, tolerant -- (showing or characterized by broad-mindedness; "a broad political stance"; "generous and broad sympathies"; "a liberal newspaper"; "tolerant of his opponent's opinions")
       => broad-minded (vs. narrow-minded) -- (inclined to respect views and beliefs that differ from your own; "a judge who is broad-minded but even-handed")

Sense 2
liberal -- (having political or social views favoring reform and progress)
       => left (vs. center) (vs. right) -- (of or belonging to the political or intellectual left)

Sense 3
liberal (vs. conservative) -- (tolerant of change; not bound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy, or tradition)
       => civil-libertarian -- (having or showing active concern for protection of civil liberties protected by law)
       => liberalistic -- (having or demonstrating belief in the essential goodness of man and the autonomy of the individual; favoring civil and political liberties, government by law with the consent of the governed, and protection from arbitrary authority)
       => neoliberal -- (having or showing belief in the need for economic growth in addition to traditional liberalistic values)
       => progressive, reformist, reform-minded -- (favoring or promoting reform (often by government action))
       => socialized, socialised -- (under group or government control; "socialized ownership"; "socialized medicine")
       => welfarist, welfare-statist -- (of or relating to a welfare state)
          Also See-> left#4

Sense 4
big, bighearted, bounteous, bountiful, freehanded, handsome, giving, liberal, openhanded -- (given or giving freely; "was a big tipper"; "the bounteous goodness of God"; "bountiful compliments"; "a freehanded host"; "a handsome allowance"; "Saturday's child is loving and giving"; "a liberal backer of the arts"; "a munificent gift"; "her fond and openhanded grandfather")
       => generous (vs. stingy) -- (willing to give and share unstintingly; "a generous donation")

Sense 5
free, loose, liberal -- (not literal; "a loose interpretation of what she had been told"; "a free translation of the poem")
       => inexact (vs. exact) -- (not exact)

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