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

  • noun Copyrighted software that is available free of charge on a trial basis, usually with the condition that users pay a fee for continued use and support.

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

  • noun computing A type of software that is distributed without payment but is limited in any combination of functionality, availability, or convenience.

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

  • noun software that is available free of charge; may be distributed for evaluation with a fee requested for additional features or a manual etc.

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From share +‎ -ware; popularized by Bob Wallace

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