free as in beer

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English[edit]

Adjective[edit]

free as in beer (not comparable)

  1. (used only predicatively) Free in the sense of costing no money; gratis.

Usage notes[edit]

This term and its counterpart free as in speech are mostly used in computing contexts, as for example when comparing traditional freeware (which may be proprietary) with free software (where anybody can access and modify the source code).

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