Libertarianism



[lib-er-tair-ee-uh n] /ˌlɪb ərˈtɛər i ən/

noun
1.
a person who advocates , especially with regard to thought or conduct.
2.
a person who maintains the doctrine of free will (distinguished from ).
adjective
3.
advocating or conforming to principles of .
4.
maintaining the doctrine of free will.
/ˌlɪbəˈtɛərɪən/
noun
1.
a believer in freedom of thought, expression, etc
2.
(philosophy) a believer in the doctrine of free will Compare determinism
adjective
3.
of, relating to, or characteristic of a libertarian
n.

1789, “one who holds the doctrine of free will” (opposed to necessitarian), from liberty (q.v.) on model of unitarian, etc. Political sense of “person advocating liberty in thought and conduct” is from 1878. As an adjective by 1882. U.S. Libertarian Party founded in Colorado, 1971.

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