cru·​el·​ty-free ˈkrü(-ə)l-tē-ˈfrē How to pronounce cruelty-free (audio)
: developed or produced without inhumane testing on animals
cruelty-free cosmetics

Examples of cruelty-free in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This vision led The Body Shop to become synonymous with products that customers could trust to be cruelty-free and environmentally sustainable. Kate Hardcastle, Forbes, 10 Feb. 2024 Keep in Mind This cleanser is not certified cruelty-free, so if this is important to you, scroll through to search for one of the others on this list that ticks that box. Alena Hall, Verywell Health, 5 Feb. 2024 The formula is cruelty-free and hypoallergenic so anyone can use it without fear. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 2 Feb. 2024 All the brands' nail lacquers are vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, gluten-free, void of artificial fragrances. Toni Sutton, Peoplemag, 2 Feb. 2024 The formula is vegan and cruelty-free, a plus for a large demographic of shoppers. Alyssa Brascia, Peoplemag, 30 Jan. 2024 In addition to being vegan, cruelty-free, and made from 90% natural origin ingredients, the new scent is perfectly layered. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, 28 Jan. 2024 The paraben-free and cruelty-free gloss is fragranced with Ouai's North Bondi Eau de Parfum (think white musk and beachy florals) and promises heat protection, color fading prevention, frizz-reduction, strength, and shininess. Annie Blackman, Allure, 25 Jan. 2024 Its cruelty-free offerings are famously gentle and designed for every skin type and tone, as well as all genders. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 23 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1983, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cruelty-free was in 1983

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“Cruelty-free.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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