- following a way of life in which one freely indulges the appetites, desires, etc.
- Biology. noting an organism that is neither parasitic, symbiotic, nor sessile.
Origin of free-living
First recorded in 1810–20
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Examples from the Web for free-living
Among the free-living non-pathogenic forms much larger examples are found.Disease and Its Causes
William Thomas Councilman
The parasitic forms differ anatomically from the free-living worms.The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide
Augusta Foote Arnold
Up to the present no intentional practical utilization of this valuable property of these free-living forms has been made.The Fundamentals of Bacteriology
Charles Bradfield Morrey
Known dates for nesting of free-living females were distributed rather evenly through the month of June.
Slightly less than half of the free-living individuals studied grew in the season of hatching.
- given to ready indulgence of the appetites
- (of animals and plants) not parasitic; existing independently
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