adj. Politically favorable to governmentally imposed progress, reform, or tolerance.
History: By the 17th century, events such as the Renaissance, the Protestant Reformation, and England's Glorious Revolution had given rise to a new ideology that prized the rule of law over absolutism in government. Championed by the philosopher John Locke in his 1690 work Two Treatises,this movement, which would come to be known as "liberalism," insisted that private individuals had a fundamental right to life, liberty, and property. "Liberals" were thus people who opposed tyranny, defended individual liberties, and pushed for the expansion of civil rights, free...