However, it has many errors and biases. Here are a few examples:
- It immediately caved into the homosexual agenda by adding "offensive" to its definition of "sexual preference," based on a rant by a liberal senator against judicial nominee Amy Barrett's use of the term.
- It uses examples having liberal bias, such as (for "fiat") the following: "According to the Bible, the world was created by fiat." and (for "force-feed") this: "force-feed students with the classics."
- Capital is poorly defined as accumulated goods, or the value of those goods, or net worth. It is more commonly used to mean liquid assets such as cash, stocks, bonds that can be easily used to acquire goods and services.
- Merriam-Webster resists including new conservative terms, such as judicial activism, which dates back to 1947 and has been repeatedly used by the U.S. Supreme Court since 1967, yet is still not included by Merriam-Webster.
- It gives the following liberal example of use of the derogatory term "hell-bent": "hell-bent to cut taxes again."
- Merriam-Webster also omitted the term the "invisible hand" until the late 1990s, although the term has been in popular use since shortly after its introduction by Adam Smith. In contrast, new liberal terms are quickly added; for example "green-collar" was added in 2009 only three years after it came into common use.
- The definition of liberalism as pertaining to politics that is overtly biased towards liberal perceptions of their "good deeds" states: "a political philosophy based on belief in progress, the essential goodness of the human race, and the autonomy of the individual and standing for the protection of political and civil liberties," actually hijacking conservative values and concealing how liberals demand taxpayer-funded abortion, same-sex marriage, and censorship of classroom prayer.
- Its date for eminent domain is incorrect: 1738. The term dominium eminens was used as early as 1625.
For a criticism of the dictionary treatment of the "Common Era," see CE.
For its 2014 edition, the dictionary included frivolous entires such as "selfie," and "hashtag," which shows a decline in competent literacy in the English language and the influence of the increasingly uneducated, liberal, and vain millennial online culture.
- 1994 edition of Merriam-Webster, p. 455.
- See Essay:Best New Conservative Words.
- 1994 edition of Merriam-Webster, p. 539 (quoting the New Republic, a liberal publication).
- American Jurispudence, 26, Second Edition, (Rochester, NY: Lawyers Corporation)