(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. progressive, leftist; tolerant, permissive; bountiful, generous. See left, leniency, liberality.Ant., conservative.
(Roget's IV) modif.
1. [Openhanded]
Syn. unselfish, bountiful, benevolent; see generous 1 , kind .
2. [Open-minded or progressive]
Syn. tolerant, open-minded, receptive, progressive, libertarian, reformist, advanced, left, radical, broadminded, understanding, permissive, lax, indulgent, unprejudiced, impartial, disinterested, reasonable, enlightened, unbigoted, undogmatic, unbiased, dispassionate, unorthodox, unconventional, avant-garde, broad-gauge, left-wing, left-of-center, freethinking, latitudinarian, magnanimous, fair, free, flexible, idealistic, high-minded, bleeding-heart*; see also lenient .
Ant. prejudiced*, narrow-minded, conservative.
3. [Plentiful]
Syn. abundant, profuse, bountiful; see plentiful 1 .
Syn.- liberal implies tolerance of others' views as well as open-mindedness to ideas that challenge tradition, established institutions, etc.; progressive , a relative term opposed to reactionary or conservative , is applied to persons favoring progress and reform in politics, education, etc. and connotes an inclination to more direct action than liberal ; advanced specifically implies being ahead of the times, as in science, the arts, or philosophy; radical implies a favoring of fundamental or extreme change, specifically of the social structure; left , originally referring to the position in legislatures of the seats occupied by parties holding such views, implies political liberalism or radicalism n.
Syn. reformer, progressive, libertarian, insurgent, rebel, revolutionary, anarchist, socialist, communist, humanist, independent, individualist, extremist, eccentric, freethinker, leftist, left-winger; see also agitator .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus)
progressive, reformer, leftist, left-winger, libertarian, radical. *bleeding heart, *sucker for a sob story. ''A man too broad-minded to take his own side in a quarrel.''— Robert Frost.
1. generous giving, free-handed, charitable, openhanded, lavish, philanthropic, bountiful, unsparing.
2. abundant plentiful, ample, copious, rife, rich, lavish, large.
3. nonrestrictive loose, unrestrictive, free, unstrict.
4. tolerant broad-minded, open-minded, unprejudiced, accepting, unbiased, indulgent.
5. progressive reformist, left-wing, leftist, radical.
ANT.: 1. stingy, cheap, tightfisted. 2. sparse, skimpy. 3. strict, literal. 4. intolerant, prejudiced, close-minded. 5. conservative, right-wing
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I adjective 1. Not narrow or conservative in thought, expression, or conduct: broad, broad-minded, open-minded, progressive, tolerant. See ATTITUDE, WIDE. 2. Favoring civil liberties and social progress: liberalistic, progressive. See POLITICS. 3. Characterized by bounteous giving: free, freehanded, generous, handsome, lavish, munificent, openhanded, unsparing, unstinting. See GIVE. II noun A person with liberal political opinions: liberalist, progressive. See POLITICS.

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