Illiberal vs Provincial - What's the difference?

illiberal | provincial |

As adjectives the difference between illiberal and provincial

is that illiberal is restrictive to individual choice and freedom while provincial is of or pertaining to province; constituting a province; as, a provincial government; a provincial dialect.

As a noun provincial is

a person belonging to a province; one who is provincial.




(en adjective)
  • Restrictive to individual choice and freedom.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , date = 2004-12-15 , title = Illiberal Europe , author = Emanuele Ottolenghi , newspaper = (The Jerusalem Post) , issn = 0021-597X , passage = Behind Europe's commitment to liberal democracy lurks an illiberal tradition. Every time freedom has failed in Europe, it is to that tradition - of violent repression, totalitarianism, xenophobia, and intolerance - that Europeans have reverted. }}
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  • , date = 2005-02-20 , title = The Risks in Personal Accounts , newspaper = (The Washington Post) , issn = 0190-8286 , page = B06 , url = , passage = Unless the administration compels all workers to invest in life cycle accounts — an illiberal but nonetheless sensible idea — this particular danger cannot be eliminated. }}
  • narrow-minded; bigoted
  • * {{quote-book
  • , year=1781 , author=William Robertson , title=The history of Scotland during the reigns of Queen Mary and of King James IV , volume=II , page=141 , pageurl= , passage=Accordingly, that form of Popery, which prevailed in Scotland, was of the mo?t bigotted and illiberal kind.}}
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  • , year=1894 , author=John Marshall Barker , title=Colleges in America , chapter=The Planting of Colleges in the New World , page=29 , pageurl= , passage=While they maintained a denominational character, they were in nowise illiberal , and set up no religious test for entrance.}}
  • ungenerous, stingy
  • * {{quote-book
  • , year=1901 , author=Justin McCarthy, Justin Huntly McCarthy , title=A History of the Four Georges and of William IV , volume=IV , passage=...the final offer made on the part of the King was that the Queen should have an allowance of 52,000 pounds a year— not, one would have thought, a very illiberal allowance for the daughter of a small German prince...}}
  • * {{quote-book
  • , year=1917 , author= , title=Political Ideals , chapter=Chapter II: Capitalism and the Wage System , passage=The few who are more fortunate are rendered illiberal by their unjust privileges, and oppressive through fear of the awakening indignation of the masses. From the highest to the lowest, almost all men are absorbed in the economic struggle: the struggle to acquire what is their due or to retain what is not their due.}}


    * (all meanings) antiliberal * (restrictive to individual choice and freedom) oppressive, authoritarian


    * (restrictive to individual choice and freedom) liberal * (narrow-minded) generous, broad-minded



    (Webster 1913)


    (en adjective)
  • Of or pertaining to province; constituting a province; as, a provincial government; a provincial dialect.
  • Exhibiting the ways or manners of a province; characteristic of the inhabitants of a province.
  • * ,
  • Provincial airs and graces.
  • Not cosmopolitan; countrified; not polished; rude; hence, narrow; illiberal.
  • * Ayliffe,
  • Of or pertaining to an ecclesiastical province, or to the jurisdiction of an archbishop; not ecumenical; as, a provincial synod.
  • (obsolete) Of or pertaining to Provence; Provencal.
  • * ,
  • With two Provincial roses on my razed shoes.
  • limited in outlook; narrow
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • A person belonging to a province; one who is provincial.
  • (Roman Catholicism) A monastic superior, who, under the general of his order, has the direction of all the religious houses of the same fraternity in a given district, called a province of the order.
  • * 2009 , (Diarmaid MacCulloch), A History of Christianity , Penguin 2010, p. 700:
  • The Franciscan provincial Diego de Landa set up a local Inquisition which unleashed a campaign of interrogation and torture on the Indio population.
  • A country bumpkin.
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