- (of an emotional state) lacking an apparent cause, focus, or object; generalized: free-floating hostility.
- (of people) uncommitted, as to a doctrine, political party, etc.; independent: free-floating opportunists.
- capable of relatively free movement.
Origin of free-floating
First recorded in 1920–25
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Examples from the Web for free-floating
It is not so much a plan as an expression of free-floating contempt for college sports.Kevin Ware and Market Value of College Athletes
April 2, 2013
No explanation of anything in the world, just kind of a free-floating, dream-like thing.Maira Kalman at the Jewish Museum: Interview
May 19, 2011
As a result, health reform has become a bottomless receptacle for a host of free-floating fears harbored by many Americans.Can God Save Health Care?
August 21, 2009
Free-floating, un-fulfillable desire: This is what propels Sylvia and Henry on their road trip.My Italian Love Affair
May 18, 2009
At first, there was a dull resentment—a free-floating rage—which failed to find focus, but sought for outlet in any direction.Alarm Clock
Everett B. Cole
- unattached or uncommitted, as to a cause, a party, etc
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