Free State

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noun

U.S. History. (before the Civil War) a state in which slavery was prohibited.

Origin of Free State

First recorded in 1640–50
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Free State

noun

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
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