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1. Unconstrained; having power to follow the dictates of his own will. Notsubject to the dominion of another. Not compelled to involuntary servitude. Used in thissense as opposed to “slave.”2. Not bound to service for a fixed term of years; in distinction to being bound asan apprentice.3. Enjoying full civic rights.4. Available to all citizens alike without charge; as a free school.5. Available for public use without charge or toll; as a free bridge.6. Not despotic; assuring liberty; defending individual rights against encroachmentby any person or class; instituted by a free people; said of governments, institutions, etc. Webster.7. Certain, and also consistent with an honorable degree in life; as free services, in the feudal law.8. Confined to the person possessing, instead of being shared with others; as a free fishery.9. Not engaged in a war as belligerent or ally; neutral; as in the maxim, “Free ships ake free goods.”


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