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Free State

  1. U.S. History. (before the Civil War) a state in which slavery was prohibited.
  2. Irish Free State.
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Origin of Free State

First recorded in 1640–50
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Historical Examples of free state

  • This election had been called by the Free-State men to be held October 9th.

    John Brown, Soldier of Fortune

    Hill Peebles Wilson

  • Four or five Free-State men were butchered during the day in all.

  • The Chairman then asked who commanded the free-state men at Lawrence.

  • Other Free-State men see the victory of their principles with joy.

    The Little Lady of Lagunitas

    Richard Henry Savage

  • There was no violence and no contest; the free-state men had no separate candidate.

British Dictionary definitions for free state

Free State

  1. a province of central South Africa; replaced the former province of Orange Free State in 1994: gold and uranium mining. Capital: Bloemfontein. Pop: 2 950 661 (2004 est). Area: 129 480 sq km (49 992 sq miles)
  2. US history (before the Civil War) any state prohibiting slavery
  3. short for Irish Free State
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