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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or produced by animals, especially poultry, that range freely for food, rather than being confined in an enclosure: free-range chickens.

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  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or produced by animals that are allowed to roam freely, rather than being confined indoors.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. permitted to graze or forage rather than being confined to a feedlot; -- of livestock and domestic poultry.

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

  • adj. of livestock and domestic poultry; permitted to graze or forage rather than being confined to a feedlot


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  • free-range chicken - great oxymoron (moroxy) if you think about it!

    range-limited or limited range may be more a propos

    reminds one of the short range-medium range- long range missiles of the 60s

    August 12, 2012

  • "Anyway, the first point you might wish to consider is that free-range as a descriptive term is meaningless. Meaningless. Well, actually, it’s worse than meaningless. With Orwellian efficiency, the titans of industry (the machine) have twisted this term to convey a veneer of virtue while continuing with business as usual: packing thousands of uncaged birds into barns with theoretical access to the outdoors. Usually, a patch of cement."

    - James McWilliams, An Open Letter . . ., 11 August 2012.

    August 12, 2012