Liberalism vs Secular - What's the difference?

liberalism | secular |

As nouns the difference between liberalism and secular

is that liberalism is the quality of being liberal while secular is a secular ecclesiastic, or one not bound by monastic rules.

As an adjective secular is

not specifically religious.




  • The quality of being liberal.
  • Any political movement founded on the autonomy and personal freedom of the individual, progress and reform, and government by law with the consent of the governed.
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  • An economic theory in favour of laissez faire and the free market.
  • secular


    Alternative forms

    * (archaic)


    (en adjective)
  • Not specifically religious.
  • Temporal; something that is worldly or otherwise not based on something timeless.
  • (Christianity) Not bound by the vows of a monastic order.
  • secular clergy in Catholicism
  • Happening once in an age or century.
  • The secular games of ancient Rome were held to mark the end of a saeculum and the beginning of the next.
  • Continuing over a long period of time, long-term.
  • The long-term growth in population and income accounts for most secular trends in economic phenomena.
    ''on a secular basis
  • * 2006 , The Economist, Economics focus: Dividing the pie
  • The skewed distribution of productivity gains is thus less a new phenomenon than a secular trend.
  • (literary) Centuries-old, ancient.
  • * 1899 ,
  • The long reaches that were like one and the same reach, monotonous bends that were exactly alike, slipped past the steamer with their multitude of secular trees looking patiently after this grimy fragment of another world, the forerunner of change, of conquest, of trade, of massacres, of blessings.
  • (astrophysics) Of or pertaining to long-term non-periodic irregularities, especially in planetary motion.
  • (atomic physics) Unperturbed over time.
  • * 2000 , S. A. Dikanov, Two-dimensional ESEEM Spectroscopy'', in ''New Advances in Analytical Chemistry (Atta-ur-Rahman, ed.), page 539
  • The secular A and nonsecular B parts of hyperfine interaction for any particular frequencies ?? and ?? are derived from eqn.(21) by ...


    * (not religious) worldly


    * nonsecular * (not religious) religious * (not religious) sacred (used especially of music) * (not bound by monastic vows) monastic * (not bound by monastic vows) regular (as regular clergy in Catholicism) * eternal, everlasting * frequent * unpredictable * non-recurring * (finance) short-term * (finance) cyclical


    * Webster's English Dictionary


    (en noun)
  • A secular ecclesiastic, or one not bound by monastic rules.
  • (Burke)
  • A church official whose functions are confined to the vocal department of the choir.
  • (Busby)
  • A layman, as distinguished from a clergyman.
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