free-living

[ free-liv-ing ]
/ ˈfriˈlɪv ɪŋ /

adjective

following a way of life in which one freely indulges the appetites, desires, etc.
Biology. noting an organism that is neither parasitic, symbiotic, nor sessile.

Nearby words

  1. free-for-all,
  2. free-form,
  3. free-hand,
  4. free-handed,
  5. free-hearted,
  6. free-machining,
  7. free-marketeer,
  8. free-range,
  9. free-range parenting,
  10. free-running

Origin of free-living

First recorded in 1810–20

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British Dictionary definitions for free-living

free-living

adjective

given to ready indulgence of the appetites
(of animals and plants) not parasitic; existing independently
Derived Formsfree-liver, noun

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