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freeware

[free-wair] /ˈfriˌwɛər/
noun
1.
computer software distributed without charge.
Compare shareware.
Origin
1980-1985
1980-85
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British Dictionary definitions for freeware

freeware

/ˈfriːˌwɛə/
noun
1.
computer software that may be distributed and used without payment
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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freeware in Science
freeware
  (frē'wâr')   
Software that is available to users for free. Freeware is often made available for downloading over the Internet.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
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freeware in Technology
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Software, often written by enthusiasts and distributed at no charge by users' groups, or via the World-Wide Web, electronic mail, bulletin boards, Usenet, or other electronic media.
At one time, "freeware" was a trademark of Andrew Fluegelman. It wasn't enforced after his death.
"Freeware" should not be confused with "free software" (roughly, software with unrestricted redistribution) or "shareware" (software distributed without charge for which users can pay voluntarily).
Jim Knopf's story (http://freewarehof.org/sstory.html).
[Jargon File]
(2003-07-26)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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