Definition of illiberal adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ɪˈlɪbərəl//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈlɪbərəl//
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not allowing much freedom of opinion or action synonym intolerant illiberal policies Word Origin mid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘vulgar, ill-bred’): from French illibéral, from Latin illiberalis ‘mean, sordid’, from in- ‘not’ + liberalis (from liber ‘free (man)’).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: illiberal