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noun U.S. History.

a region, especially a U.S. territory, prohibiting slavery prior to the Civil War.

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Origin of free soil

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50

Definition for free soil (2 of 2)

free-soil
[ free-soil ]
/ ˈfriˈsɔɪl /

adjective U.S. History.

pertaining to or opposing the extension of slavery in the Territories.
pertaining to or characteristic of the Free Soil party.

Origin of free-soil

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50

OTHER WORDS FROM free-soil

free-soilism, noun
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