- born free, rather than in slavery, bondage, or vassalage.
- pertaining to or befitting persons born free.
Origin of freeborn
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Examples from the Web for free-born
Yet he was a free-born son of Athens, from a family of painters.Buried Cities: Pompeii, Olympia, Mycenae
For there they bear higher sway than the free-born, nay, higher than the nobles.Tacitus on Germany
All free-born persons, however, were without exception released by Lysander.Hellenica
I have fourteen free-born souls, I tell you, under my single roof, and how are we to live?
Why, bless your soul, do you not see he has only slaves and I have free-born souls to feed?
- not born in slavery
- of, relating to, or suitable for people not born in slavery
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Word Origin and History for free-born
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