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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Free  \Free\  (fr[=e]),  a.  [Compar.  {Freer}  (-[~e]r);  superl. 
  {Freest}  (-[e^]st).]  [OE.  fre,  freo,  AS  fre['o],  fr[=i]; 
  akin  to  D.  vrij,  OS  &  OHG.  fr[=i],  G.  frei,  Icel.  fr[=i], 
  Sw  &  Dan.  fri,  Goth.  freis,  and  also  to  Skr.  prija  beloved, 
  dear,  fr  pr[=i]  to  love,  Goth.  frij[=o]n.  Cf  {Affray}, 
  {Belfry},  {Friday},  {Friend},  {Frith}  inclosure.] 
  1.  Exempt  from  subjection  to  the  will  of  others  not  under 
  restraint,  control,  or  compulsion;  able  to  follow  one's 
  own  impulses,  desires,  or  inclinations;  determining  one's 
  own  course  of  action  not  dependent;  at  liberty. 
 
  That  which  has  the  power,  or  not  the  power,  to 
  operate,  is  that  alone  which  is  or  is  not  free 
  --Locke. 
 
  2.  Not  under  an  arbitrary  or  despotic  government;  subject 
  only  to  fixed  laws  regularly  and  fairly  administered,  and 
  defended  by  them  from  encroachments  upon  natural  or 
  acquired  rights;  enjoying  political  liberty. 
 
  3.  Liberated,  by  arriving  at  a  certain  age,  from  the  control 
  of  parents,  guardian,  or  master. 
 
  4.  Not  confined  or  imprisoned;  released  from  arrest; 
  liberated;  at  liberty  to  go 
 
  Set  an  unhappy  prisoner  free  --Prior. 
 
  5.  Not  subjected  to  the  laws  of  physical  necessity;  capable 
  of  voluntary  activity;  endowed  with  moral  liberty;  --  said 
  of  the  will 
 
  Not  free  what  proof  could  they  have  given  sincere 
  Of  true  allegiance,  constant  faith,  or  love. 
  --Milton. 
 
  6.  Clear  of  offense  or  crime;  guiltless;  innocent. 
 
  My  hands  are  guilty,  but  my  heart  is  free  --Dryden. 
 
  7.  Unconstrained  by  timidity  or  distrust;  unreserved; 
  ingenuous;  frank;  familiar;  communicative. 
 
  He  was  free  only  with  a  few  --Milward. 
 
  8.  Unrestrained;  immoderate;  lavish;  licentious;  --  used  in  a 
  bad  sense 
 
  The  critics  have  been  very  free  in  their  censures. 
  --Felton. 
 
  A  man  may  live  a  free  life  as  to  wine  or  women. 
  --Shelley. 
 
  9.  Not  close  or  parsimonious;  liberal;  open-handed;  lavish; 
  as  free  with  his  money. 
 
  10.  Exempt;  clear;  released;  liberated;  not  encumbered  or 
  troubled  with  as  free  from  pain;  free  from  a  burden;  -- 
  followed  by  from  or  rarely,  by  of 
 
  Princes  declaring  themselves  free  from  the 
  obligations  of  their  treaties.  --Bp.  Burnet. 
 
  11.  Characteristic  of  one  acting  without  restraint;  charming; 
  easy. 
 
  12.  Ready;  eager;  acting  without  spurring  or  whipping; 
  spirited;  as  a  free  horse. 
 
  13.  Invested  with  a  particular  freedom  or  franchise;  enjoying 
  certain  immunities  or  privileges;  admitted  to  special 
  rights;  --  followed  by  of 
 
  He  therefore  makes  all  birds,  of  every  sect,  Free 
  of  his  farm.  --Dryden. 
 
  14.  Thrown  open  or  made  accessible,  to  all  to  be  enjoyed 
  without  limitations;  unrestricted;  not  obstructed, 
  engrossed,  or  appropriated;  open  --  said  of  a  thing  to 
  be  possessed  or  enjoyed;  as  a  free  school. 
 
  Why,  sir,  I  pray,  are  not  the  streets  as  free  For 
  me  as  for  you?  --Shak. 
 
  15.  Not  gained  by  importunity  or  purchase;  gratuitous; 
  spontaneous;  as  free  admission;  a  free  gift. 
 
  16.  Not  arbitrary  or  despotic;  assuring  liberty;  defending 
  individual  rights  against  encroachment  by  any  person  or 
  class;  instituted  by  a  free  people;  --  said  of  a 
  government,  institutions,  etc 
 
  17.  (O.  Eng.  Law)  Certain  or  honorable;  the  opposite  of  base; 
  as  free  service;  free  socage.  --Burrill. 
 
  18.  (Law)  Privileged  or  individual;  the  opposite  of  common; 
  as  a  free  fishery;  a  free  warren.  --Burrill. 
 
  19.  Not  united  or  combined  with  anything  else;  separated; 
  dissevered;  unattached;  at  liberty  to  escape;  as  free 
  carbonic  acid  gas;  free  cells. 
 
  {Free  agency},  the  capacity  or  power  of  choosing  or  acting 
  freely,  or  without  necessity  or  constraint  upon  the  will 
 
 
  {Free  bench}  (Eng.  Law),  a  widow's  right  in  the  copyhold 
  lands  of  her  husband,  corresponding  to  dower  in  freeholds. 
 
 
  {Free  board}  (Naut.),  a  vessel's  side  between  water  line  and 
  gunwale. 
 
  {Free  bond}  (Chem.),  an  unsaturated  or  unemployed  unit,  or 
  bond,  of  affinity  or  valence,  of  an  atom  or  radical. 
 
  {Free-borough  men}  (O.Eng.  Law).  See  {Friborg}. 
 
  {Free  chapel}  (Eccles.),  a  chapel  not  subject  to  the 
  jurisdiction  of  the  ordinary,  having  been  founded  by  the 
  king  or  by  a  subject  specially  authorized.  [Eng.] 
  --Bouvier. 
 
  {Free  charge}  (Elec.),  a  charge  of  electricity  in  the  free  or 
  statical  condition;  free  electricity. 
 
  {Free  church}. 
  a  A  church  whose  sittings  are  for  all  and  without 
  charge. 
  b  An  ecclesiastical  body  that  left  the  Church  of 
  Scotland,  in  1843,  to  be  free  from  control  by  the 
  government  in  spiritual  matters. 
 
  {Free  city},  or  {Free  town},  a  city  or  town  independent  in 
  its  government  and  franchises,  as  formerly  those  of  the 
  Hanseatic  league. 
 
  {Free  cost},  freedom  from  charges  or  expenses.  --South. 
 
  {Free  and  easy},  unconventional;  unrestrained;  regardless  of 
  formalities.  [Colloq.]  ``Sal  and  her  free  and  easy  ways.'' 
  --W.  Black. 
 
  {Free  goods},  goods  admitted  into  a  country  free  of  duty. 
 
  {Free  labor},  the  labor  of  freemen,  as  distinguished  from 
  that  of  slaves. 
 
  {Free  port}.  (Com.) 
  a  A  port  where  goods  may  be  received  and  shipped  free 
  of  custom  duty. 
  b  A  port  where  goods  of  all  kinds  are  received  from 
  ships  of  all  nations  at  equal  rates  of  duty. 
 
  {Free  public  house},  in  England,  a  tavern  not  belonging  to  a 
  brewer,  so  that  the  landlord  is  free  to  brew  his  own  beer 
  or  purchase  where  he  chooses.  --Simmonds. 
 
  {Free  school}. 
  a  A  school  to  which  pupils  are  admitted  without 
  discrimination  and  on  an  equal  footing. 
  b  A  school  supported  by  general  taxation,  by 
  endowmants  etc.,  where  pupils  pay  nothing  for 
  tuition;  a  public  school. 
 
  {Free  services}  (O.Eng.  Law),  such  feudal  services  as  were 
  not  unbecoming  the  character  of  a  soldier  or  a  freemen  to 
  perform;  as  to  serve  under  his  lord  in  war,  to  pay  a  sum 
  of  money,  etc  --Burrill. 
 
  {Free  ships},  ships  of  neutral  nations,  which  in  time  of  war 
  are  free  from  capture  even  though  carrying  enemy's  goods. 
 
 
  {Free  socage}  (O.Eng.  Law),  a  feudal  tenure  held  by  certain 
  services  which  though  honorable,  were  not  military. 
  --Abbott. 
 
  {Free  States},  those  of  the  United  States  before  the  Civil 
  War,  in  which  slavery  had  ceased  to  exist,  or  had  never 
  existed. 
 
  {Free  stuff}  (Carp.),  timber  free  from  knots;  clear  stuff. 
 
  {Free  thought},  that  which  is  thought  independently  of  the 
  authority  of  others 
 
  {Free  trade},  commerce  unrestricted  by  duties  or  tariff 
  regulations. 
 
  {Free  trader},  one  who  believes  in  free  trade 
 
  {To  make  free  with},  to  take  liberties  with  to  help  one's 
  self  to  [Colloq.] 
 
  {To  sail  free}  (Naut.),  to  sail  with  the  yards  not  braced  in 
  as  sharp  as  when  sailing  closehauled,  or  close  to  the 
  wind. 




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