- The quality or state of being liberal; liberal disposition
or practice; freedom from narrowness or prejudice;
generosity; candor; charity.
That liberality is but cast away Which makes us borrow what we can not pay. --Denham. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.
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liberality — mid 14c., generosity, from O.Fr. liberalité generosity, liberality (13c.), from L. liberalitatem (nom. liberalitas) way of thinking or acting befitting a free man, noun of quality from liberalis (see LIBERAL (Cf. liberal)) … Etymology dictionary
liberality — I noun benefaction, beneficence, benefit, benevolence, charitableness, chivalry, clemency, generosity, generous giving, generous offering, generousness, gratuity, habit of giving, kindness, lavishness, lenience, liberal mindedness, magnanimity,… … Law dictionary
liberality — [lib΄ər al′i tē] n. pl. liberalities [ME liberalite < OFr < L liberalitas] the quality or state of being liberal; specif., a) willingness to give or share freely; generosity b) absence of narrowness or prejudice in thinking; broad… … English World dictionary
Liberality — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Liberality >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 liberality liberality generosity munificence Sgm: N 1 bounty bounty bounteous bounteousness bountifulness Sgm: N 1 hospitality hospitality Sgm: N 1 charity … English dictionary for students
liberality — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Generosity Nouns 1. liberality, generosity, unselfishness, munificence, largesse, bounty; charity, hospitality, beneficence, philanthropy; prodigality; fullness, broadness, breadth. 2. tolerance,… … English dictionary for students
liberality — noun (U) formal 1 understanding of, and respect for, other people s opinions: a spirit of liberality and fairness 2 the quality of being generous … Longman dictionary of contemporary English
liberality — liberal ► ADJECTIVE 1) willing to respect and accept behaviour or opinions different from one s own. 2) (of a society, law, etc.) favourable to individual rights and freedoms. 3) (in a political context) favouring individual liberty, free trade,… … English terms dictionary
liberality — noun (plural ties) Date: 14th century the quality or state of being liberal; also an instance of this … New Collegiate Dictionary
liberality — /lib euh ral i tee/, n., pl. liberalities. 1. the quality or condition of being liberal in giving; generosity; bounty. 2. a liberal gift. 3. breadth of mind. 4. broadness or fullness, as of proportions or physical attributes. 5. liberalism. [1300 … Universalium
liberality — noun The property of being liberal … Wiktionary