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free adj. (the foll. are the chief obs. senses)
1. of noble or honourable character, generous, magnanimous Tw.N. I. v. 281, H8 III. i. 59 “Like and honest men,” Troil. I. iii. 235, IV. v. 138, Oth. II. iii. 328 “of so , so kind . . . a disposition,” III. iii. 199 “your free and noble nature.”
2. guiltless, innocent AYL. II. vii. 85, Tw.N. I. v. 98, Wint. I. ii. 113, 251, II. iii. 30, H8 III. i. 32 “as a soul,” Ham. II. ii. 598 [590] “Make mad the guilty and appal the ,” III. ii. 255, Oth. III. iii. 255.
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