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[shair-wair] /ˈʃɛərˌwɛər/
noun, Computers.
software distributed without initial charge but for which the user is encouraged to pay a nominal fee to cover support for continued use.
Origin of shareware Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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British Dictionary definitions for shareware


(computing) software available to all users without the need for a licence and for which a token fee is requested
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for shareware

by 1982, from share (v.) + ware.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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shareware in Technology

/sheir'weir/ Software that, like freeware, can be usually obtained (downloaded) and redistributed for free, but most often is under copyright and does legally require a payment in the EULA, at least beyond the evaluation period or for commercial applications. This payment, as well as fulfilling the user's legal obligations, may buy additional support, documentation, or functionality. Generally, source code for shareware programs is not available. Shareware is sometimes also nagware and/or crippleware, which muddles the term and is frowned upon in the community.
See also careware, charityware, guiltware, postcardware, and -ware; compare payware.
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The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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