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U.S. History. (before the Civil War) a state in which slavery was prohibited.
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Origin of Free State
First recorded in 1640–50
Words nearby Free State
free speech, free-spending, free spirit, free-spoken, freestanding, Free State, Free Stater, freestone, Freestone State, freestyle, freestyling
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How to use Free State in a sentence
The Free State evolved decades later into an economically troubled but otherwise stable Republic.Wounds of World War I Have Yet to Heal|Michael F. Bishop|June 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His stated goal was to create an all-white “Carolina Free State.”Hate—and Hitler—in the Heartland: The Arrest of Frazier Glenn Miller|John Avlon, Caitlin Dickson|April 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His 1971 Booker Prize-winning book, In a Free State, slips in and out of different genres—the novel, autobiography, documentary.The Daily Beast Recommends|The Daily Beast|March 24, 2009|DAILY BEAST
Czapek says: "The well-known methyl pentoses do not occur in the free state in plant organisms so far as we know."Some Constituents of the Poison Ivy Plant: (Rhus Toxicodendron)|William Anderson Syme
In their free state they are extremely wild, and remain constantly in the woods.Buffon's Natural History. Volume IX (of 10)|Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
The Free State preponderance among settlers constantly increased.
Nearly all the clearing, plowing, and planting was done by Free State men.
Kansas, according to Greeley's expressive phrase, "was steadily hardening into the bone and sinew of a Free State."
British Dictionary definitions for Free State
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)
US history (before the Civil War) any state prohibiting slavery
short for Irish Free State
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