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

Other Words from free-soil

Adjective

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

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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The first known use of free-soil was in 1827

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“Free-soil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/free-soil. Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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