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adjective U.S. History.
  1. pertaining to or opposing the extension of slavery in the Territories.
  2. pertaining to or characteristic of the Free Soil party.
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Origin of free-soil

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50
Related formsfree-soil·ism, noun

free soil

noun U.S. History.
  1. 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
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