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free-living

[ free-liv-ing ]
/ ˈfriˈlɪv ɪŋ /
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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.

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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 forms of free-living

free-liver, noun
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