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Webster's Dictionary 1828

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LIBERAL'ITY, noun [Latin liberalitas. See Liberal.]

1. Munificence; bounty.

That liberality is but cast away, which makes us borrow what we cannot pay.

2. A particular act of generosity; a donation; a gratuity. In this sense, it has the plural number. A prudent man is not impoverished by his liberalities.

3. Largeness of mind; catholicism; that comprehensiveness of mind which includes other interests beside its own, and duly estimates in its decisions the value or importance of each. It is evidence of a noble mind to judge of men and things with liberality

Many treat the gospel with indifference under the name of liberality

4. Candor; impartiality.

First Occurrence in the Bible(KJV): 1 Corinthians 16:3