Definition of Liberal from wordnet.princeton.edu/perl/webwn
- broad: showing or characterized by broad-mindedness; “a broad political stance”; “generous and broad sympathies”; “a liberal newspaper”; “tolerant …
- having political or social views favoring reform and progress
- tolerant of change; not bound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy, or tradition
- a person who favors a political philosophy of progress and reform and the protection of civil liberties
- big: given or giving freely; “was a big tipper”; “the bounteous goodness of God”; “bountiful compliments”; “a freehanded host”; “a handsome allowance”; “Saturday’s child is loving and giving”; “a liberal backer of the arts”; “a munificent gift”; “her fond and openhanded grandfather”
- a person who favors an economic theory of laissez-faire and self-regulating markets
- free: not literal; “a loose interpretation of what she had been told”; “a free translation of the poem”
Since Conservative is the antonym of Liberal and using the above formal definition of Liberal, I have arrived at the following definition of Conservative.
- narrow: showing or characterized by narrow-mindedness; “a narrow political stance”; “stingy and narrow sympathies”; “a conservative newspaper”; “intolerant …
- having political or social views favoring status quo and regression
- intolerant of change; bound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy, or tradition
- a person who favors a political philosophy of regression and impairment and the repression of civil liberties
- small: miserly or stingy, “not known for largesse”; “the devils own”; “tightwad”; “bring your own bottle to their party”; “still has their first dollar”; “cruel and mean” …..
- a person who favors an economic theory of manipulated markets, insider trading, and preeminence of the wealthy
- enslaver; literal; one who interprets fundamentally …..
The interesting thing here is that mainly using the antonyms of the liberal definitions does not much alter my understanding of the motivations and personalities of Liberals or Conservatives.