Free as in ...

Shane Martin Coughlan coughlan at
Mon Dec 3 14:27:29 UTC 2007

Hi David

David Gerard wrote:
> What does "free" mean in English?

I am not sure it's optimal to examine a word in the English language and
link to a Google search.  It is not a dictionary of record.  Indeed, it
is not a dictionary.

I suggest the Oxford.  The compact has a simple on-line definition:

In the context of Free Software the term 'Free' refers to freedom:



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