/lib'euhr tair"ee euhn/, n.
1. a person who advocates liberty, esp. with regard to thought or conduct.
2. a person who maintains the doctrine of free will (distinguished from necessitarian).
3. advocating liberty or conforming to principles of liberty.
4. maintaining the doctrine of free will.
[1780-90; LIBERT(Y) + -ARIAN]

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