Free

(redirected from freedom)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Acronyms, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

Free

Without cost. Free goods and services usually come with some strings attached. For example, one may receive a free item with an order to buy another item. Some dispute whether such bonuses are really free. See also: Sweetener.
References in classic literature ?
When freedom came, he was still in debt to his master some three hundred dollars.
From some things that I have said one may get the idea that some of the slaves did not want freedom.
When freedom came, the slaves were almost as well fitted to begin life anew as the master, except in the matter of book-learning and ownership of property.
Finally the war closed, and the day of freedom came.
To some it seemed that, now that they were in actual possession of it, freedom was a more serious thing than they had expected to find it.
National differences and antagonisms between peoples are daily more and more vanishing, owing to the development of the bourgeoisie, to freedom of commerce, to the world-market, to uniformity in the mode of production and in the conditions of life corresponding thereto.
The ideas of religious liberty and freedom of conscience merely gave expression to the sway of free competition within the domain of knowledge.
There are, besides, eternal truths, such as Freedom, Justice, etc.
And if any of them are suspected by him of having notions of freedom, and of resistance to his authority, he will have a good pretext for destroying them by placing them at the mercy of the enemy; and for all these reasons the tyrant must be always getting up a war.
Thus Achilles, in Homer, complains of Agamemnon's treating him like an unhonoured stranger; for a stranger or sojourner is one who does not partake of the honours of the state: and whenever the right to the freedom of the city is kept obscure, it is for the sake of the inhabitants.
I know not what were the grounds of this opinion; and, if my conversation contributed in any measure to its rise, this must have happened rather from my having confessed my Ignorance with greater freedom than those are accustomed to do who have studied a little, and expounded perhaps, the reasons that led me to doubt of many of those things that by others are esteemed certain, than from my having boasted of any system of philosophy.
The index assigns a grade in each category using a scale from 0 to 100, where 100 represents the maximum freedom.