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

Origin of free-living

First recorded in 1810–20 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for free-living


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