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  1. (of livestock and domestic poultry) permitted to graze or forage for grain, etc., rather than being confined to a feedlot or a small enclosure: a free-range pig.
  2. of, relating to, or produced by free-range animals: free-range eggs.
  3. Informal. noting or relating to a style of child rearing in which parents allow their children to move about without constant adult supervision:free-range kids;free-range parents.
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Origin of free-range

First recorded in 1910–15
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Historical Examples of free-range

  • The cattle business has been steadily on the chute—that is, the free-range business.

British Dictionary definitions for free-range


  1. mainly British kept or produced in natural nonintensive conditionsfree-range hens; free-range eggs
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