free soil

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

Origin of free soil

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50

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[ free-soil ]

adjectiveU.S. History.
  1. pertaining to or opposing the extension of slavery in the Territories.

  2. 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

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