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  • adj. Free; frank.
  • adj. Generous; noble; excellent; beautiful; lovely.
  • adv. In a free manner.
  • adv. Without interference or restriction.
  • adv. Of one's own free will.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a free manner; without restraint or compulsion; abundantly; gratuitously.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Free; frank; generous; noble; excellent.
  • In a free manner; under free conditions; with freedom; without hindrance, interference, or restraint: as, to move freely.
  • Without constraint, reserve, or hesitation; unreservedly; frankly; openly.
  • Without reluctance or niggardliness; willingly.
  • Liberally; unstintedly; plentifully.
  • Nobly; excellently; admirably.

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

  • adv. in a free manner


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English frely, freelich, from Old English frēolīc ("free, freeborn, glorious, stately, magnificent, noble, beautiful, charming"), equivalent to free +‎ -ly. Compare Middle Low German vrilik, vrigelik ("free"), Middle High German vrīlich ("free").

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English frely, freliche, from Old English frēolīċe ("freely, readily, as a festival"), equivalent to free +‎ -ly. Compare Dutch vrijelijk ("freely"), German freilich ("certainly, of course").


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