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Liberal, 1) free, frank: “my heart must break with silence, ere 't be disburdened with a l. tongue,” R2 II, 1, 229. “I'll be in speaking l. as the north,” Oth. V, 2, 220 (Ff adverbially: I will speak as l. as the north).
2) licentious, wanton: “who hath indeed, most like a l. villain, confessed the vile encounters,” Ado IV, 1, 93. “to excuse or hide the l. opposition of our spirits,” LLL V, 2, 743. “something too l.” Merch. II, 2, 194. “long purples that l. shepherds give a grosser name,” Hml. IV, 7, 171. “is he not a most profane and l. counsellor?” Oth. II, 1, 165.
3) such as a free man ought to be, humane, gentleman-like, accomplished in manners and intellectual improvement: “the people l., valiant, active, wealthy,” H6B IV, 7, 68. “witty, courteous, l., full of spirit,” H6C I, 2, 43.
4) becoming a gentleman, tending to improve the mind: “the l. arts,” Tp. I, 2, 73.
5) satisfactory to the judgment or the taste: “all l. reason I will yield unto,” LLL II, 168. “delicate carriages and of very l. conceit,” Hml. V, 2, 160. Adverbially: l. conceited carriages, 169 (M. Edd. hyphened: liberalconceited).
6) munificent, bounteous: Merch. IV, 1, 438. V, 226. H5 IV Chor. H5 IV Chor. R3 I, 3, 124. H8 I, 3, 61. Tim. III, 3, 41. Oth. III, 4, 46. With “of:” Gent. III, 1, 355. H8 II, 1, 126. With to: “l. to mine own children in good bringing up,” Shr. I, 1, 98. Used, in a bad sense, of women profuse of their favours: H6A V, 4, 82. Oth. III, 4, 38. cf. Merch. V, 226.
7) bounteously offered, large, ample: “with too great a court and l. largess,” R2 I, 4, 44. “the l. and kind offer of the king,” H4A V, 2, 2. “a l. dower,” H6A V, 5, 46. “well studied for a l. thanks,” Ant. II, 6, 48.
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