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free-liv·ing

(frē′lĭv′ĭng)
adj.
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.

free-living

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

free′-liv′ing



adj.
1. following a way of life in which one freely indulges one's appetites and desires.
2.
a. able to obtain nourishment independently of another organism; neither parasitic nor symbiotic.
b. capable of motility; not attached.
[1810–20]
free′ liv′er, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.free-living - 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"