noun Computers.

software distributed without initial charge but for which the user is encouraged to pay a nominal fee to cover support for continued use.

Origin of shareware Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for shareware



computing software available to all users without the need for a licence and for which a token fee is requested
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Word Origin and History for shareware

by 1982, from share (v.) + ware.

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