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free-handed

[free-han-did]
adjective
  1. generous; liberal.
  2. freehand.
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adverb
  1. freehand.
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Origin of free-handed

First recorded in 1650–60
Related formsfree-hand·ed·ly, adverbfree-hand·ed·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for free-handed

Historical Examples of free-handed

  • If she had been notoriously of an altruistic and free-handed disposition, he could have understood it.

    The Market-Place

    Harold Frederic

  • They are always telling you how generous you are,—how free-handed,—how benevolent.

    Barrington

    Charles James Lever

  • If he was free-handed to other people, what was to hinder him from bein' the same way to you?'

    Aunt Jane of Kentucky

    Eliza Calvert Hall

  • Did he admit by that time that you were a good, free-handed liar?

    At Good Old Siwash

    George Fitch

  • Antæus is free-handed because he took no part in the war with the gods.


British Dictionary definitions for free-handed

free-handed

adjective
  1. generous or liberal; unstinting
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Derived Formsfree-handedly, adverbfree-handedness, noun
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