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Free State

U.S. History. (before the Civil War) a state in which slavery was prohibited.
Origin of Free State
1640-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Though he now lived in a Free State, the call of the oppressed was ever in his ears and he could not rest.

  • But the Free State party were not only resolute, but adroit.

    The Negro and the Nation George S. Merriam
  • The tyrant thinks he is free, because he commands slaves: the meanest peasant in a Free State is more free than he is.

    Rienzi Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • Ohio, admitted as Free State, 23;declares for emancipation, 35.

    The Negro and the Nation George S. Merriam
  • Neither had they any special quarrel with Southern institutions; only this, that they would rather live in a Free State.

  • The water in the Free State, as a rule, was most unsatisfactory.

    A Yeoman's Letters P. T. Ross
  • A week afterwards the two forces were able to join hands, and so to completely cut off the Free State from the Transvaal armies.

    The Great Boer War Arthur Conan Doyle
  • A free religion is the parent of a Free State, and a Free State of free school.

British Dictionary definitions for Free State

Free State

a province of central South Africa; replaced the former province of Orange Free State in 1994: gold and uranium mining. Capital: Bloemfontein. Pop: 2 950 661 (2004 est). Area: 129 480 sq km (49 992 sq miles)
(US, history) (before the Civil War) any state prohibiting slavery
short for Irish Free State
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