from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Software that is available for free, usually over the Internet.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Complete and functional software that does not require payment or other compensation (such as nags or advertising) for its use. Freeware may be a proprietary license with no access to the source code.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. software that is provided without charge


From free +‎ ware, a contraction of software; Coined by Andrew Fluegelman (Wiktionary)



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