free-soil

adjective

Definition of free-soil

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : characterized by free soil free-soil states
2 capitalized F&S : opposing the extension of slavery into U.S. territories and the admission of slave states into the Union prior to the Civil War specifically : of, relating to, or being a minor U.S. political party with these aims

free soil

noun

Definition of free soil (Entry 2 of 2)

: U.S. territory where prior to the Civil War slavery was prohibited

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Other Words from free-soil

Adjective

Free-Soiler \ ˈfrē-​ˈsȯi-​lər How to pronounce Free-Soiler (audio) \ noun
Free-Soilism \ ˈfrē-​ˈsȯi(ə)-​ˌli-​zəm How to pronounce Free-Soilism (audio) \ noun

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Illinois Chicago: The University of Illinois has launched a two-year study and is offering free soil tests to home gardeners and urban farmers across the area. USA TODAY, "Charlottesville remembered, drive-thru ban, ketchup karma: News from around our 50 states," 13 Aug. 2019 Plant help clinic, plant information, free soil pH testing, specialty vendor booths, plant selection assistance. Corey Sheldon, OregonLive.com, "HG calendar May 12-20: nurture Mother's Day memories in the garden," 11 May 2018 Plant help clinic, plant information, free soil pH testing, specialty vendor booths, plant selection assistance. Corey Sheldon, OregonLive.com, "HG calendar May 12-20: nurture Mother's Day memories in the garden," 11 May 2018 Plant help clinic, plant information, free soil pH testing, specialty vendor booths, plant selection assistance. Corey Sheldon, OregonLive.com, "HG calendar May 12-20: nurture Mother's Day memories in the garden," 11 May 2018 Plant help clinic, plant information, free soil pH testing, specialty vendor booths, plant selection assistance. Corey Sheldon, OregonLive.com, "HG calendar May 12-20: nurture Mother's Day memories in the garden," 11 May 2018 Plant help clinic, plant information, free soil pH testing, specialty vendor booths, plant selection assistance. Corey Sheldon, OregonLive.com, "HG calendar May 12-20: nurture Mother's Day memories in the garden," 11 May 2018 Plant help clinic, plant information, free soil pH testing, specialty vendor booths, plant selection assistance. Corey Sheldon, OregonLive.com, "HG calendar May 12-20: nurture Mother's Day memories in the garden," 11 May 2018 Plant help clinic, plant information, free soil pH testing, specialty vendor booths, plant selection assistance. Corey Sheldon, OregonLive.com, "HG calendar May 12-20: nurture Mother's Day memories in the garden," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of free-soil

Adjective

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1827, in the meaning defined above

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