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Liberal

A person who believes that one ought to be able to do what one would like provided it does not hurt another person. Liberalism was conceived in the 19th century primarily as an economic and social philosophy espousing religious liberty, the free market, and capitalism. In the 20th century, it became associated with the left, especially in the United States, due to a concern for social justice. As a result, a liberal tends to favor regulation of private enterprise. However, adherents to what is sometimes called "19th-century liberalism" or "European liberalism" are presumably more amenable to the free market.
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We anticipate that these measures will be related to Supreme Court decision outcomes: the Segal-Cover scores are scaled to denote Court liberalness and therefore should be positively related to the liberal proportion of the Court's decisions, and the Martin-Quinn scores are scaled such that they should be negatively related to Court decision liberalism.
If parents do visit their married daughters', it is seen as a sign of liberalness, urbaneness and tolerance on the part of the woman's m-laws for allowing such a visit.
Prange adds that Genda seemed a shrewd observer, a keen judge of men and of situations, and the possessor of more penetration and liberalness of thought than one would expect of a man of the Japanese military caste of that era.