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Free State

noun
1.
U.S. History. (before the Civil War) a state in which slavery was prohibited.
Origin of Free State
1640-1650
1640-50
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Free State

noun
1.
a province of central South Africa; replaced the former province of Orange Free State in 1994: gold and uranium mining. Capital: Bloemfontein. Pop: 2 950 661 (2004 est). Area: 129 480 sq km (49 992 sq miles)
2.
(US, history) (before the Civil War) any state prohibiting slavery
3.
short for Irish Free State
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