free-living(redirected from free-livingly)
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1. Given to self-indulgence.
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
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.
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|Adj.||1.||free-living - not parasitic on another organism|
independent - free from external control and constraint; "an independent mind"; "a series of independent judgments"; "fiercely independent individualism"