Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Given to self-indulgence.
  • adjective Living independently of another organism; not part of a parasitic or symbiotic relationship.
  • adjective Moving independently; not sessile.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Full gratification of the appetite.
  • Living in a free or unrestrained manner.
  • In biology, living free from and independent of the parent, as a medusa-bud separated from the polyp-stock upon which it grew.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Unrestrained indulgence of the appetites as a way of life.
  • adjective (Biology) Living independently of other organisms; not parasitic or commensal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective biology (of an organism) That lives independently of other organisms rather than part of a symbiotic or parasitic relationship

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

  • noun a lifestyle given to easy indulgence of the appetites
  • adjective not parasitic on another organism

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Examples

  • Even terms such as wildlife are dismissed as insulting to the animals concerned -- who should instead be known as 'free-living,' the academics, including an Oxford professor, suggest.

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  • You remember how Stevens passed out last year — free-living and easy, everybody's friend but his own.

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  • But there is no single currency by which we can measure the benefit of saving human lives against the cost of destroying forests that provide the last remaining refuges for free-living chimpanzees, orangutans or Sumatran tigers.

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  • Moreover, almost all free-living animals are host to one or more parasite taxa.

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  • Mitochondria started out as free-living, oxygen-consuming bacteria that somehow became residents in our single-celled ancestors.

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  • Most impressive was the prediction that a free-living transposon homologous to RAG would exist.

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  • With inimitable style, Lovelace describes a stomach as “flopping like a halibut in an ice chest,” and rain falling on a roof “like a giant herd of tiny, tiny horses running circles of free-living gallop.”

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  • Most impressive was the prediction that a free-living transposon homologous to RAG would exist.

    Assessing Applegate's Attack

  • Mitochondria started out as free-living, oxygen-consuming bacteria that somehow became residents in our single-celled ancestors.

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  • Herds of mixed age and sex, varying in size from 100 to 10000 animals, are free-living and range in natural mountain pasture all year round.

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