free goods

plural noun
  1. imported goods that are not subject to duty.

  2. goods having utilitarian value, as air and water, but available in such great quantities as to have no cost.

Origin of free goods

First recorded in 1770–80

Words Nearby free goods Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use free goods in a sentence

  • "Neutral ships make neutral goods; free ships, free goods," ii.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte | William Milligan Sloane
  • The rule "free ships, free goods," rises as a postulate, although it was not universally recognised till 1856.

  • He insisted on the important principle that 'free ships make free goods,' and complained of its abandonment by the negotiators.

    Albert Gallatin | John Austin Stevens
  • A Russian manifesto announced the coalition called the "armed neutrality," formed on the basis that free trade makes free goods.

  • It had not yet come to be the acknowledged law of nations that free ships make free goods.

    James Madison | Sydney Howard Gay