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1. Given to self-indulgence.
2. Biology
a. Living independently of another organism; not part of a parasitic or symbiotic relationship.
b. Moving independently; not sessile.


1. given to ready indulgence of the appetites
2. (Biology) (of animals and plants) not parasitic; existing independently
ˌfree-ˈliver n


1. following a way of life in which one freely indulges one's appetites and desires.
a. able to obtain nourishment independently of another organism; neither parasitic nor symbiotic.
b. capable of motility; not attached.
free′ liv′er, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: - not parasitic on another organism
biological science, biology - the science that studies living organisms
independent - free from external control and constraint; "an independent mind"; "a series of independent judgments"; "fiercely independent individualism"
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Madame Reuter looked more like a joyous, free-living old Flemish fermiere, or even a maitresse d'auberge, than a staid, grave, rigid directrice de pensionnat.
The point of this discovery was that it proved Haldin to have been familiar with that horse-owning peasant--a reckless, independent, free-living fellow not much liked by the other inhabitants of the house.
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Andrew Hendry of McGill University in Montreal says that these are among the very few studies that quantify both flow of genes from immigrants and natural selection in free-living animals.
You might see what David Nimmons does: "[The gay world] looks like an experiment in a free-living spirituality," he says.
And, contradictorally but not inappropriately for her time and culture, a harbinger of free-living modern womanhood.
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