free·​ly | \ˈfrē-lē \

Definition of freely 

: in a free manner: such as

a : of one's own accord left home freely

b : with freedom from external control a freely elected government

c : without restraint or reservation spent freely on clothes

d : without hindrance a gate swinging freely

e : not strictly following a model, convention, or rule freely translated

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Examples of freely in a Sentence

I will freely give my life for my country. the horse broke the halter rope quite freely

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Fourth, Congress could act to pass legislation that allows companies to communicate more freely and/or limits the FDA’s regulatory prerogative. John Osborn, STAT, "FDA allows off-label health care economic discussions. Is there more to come?," 29 June 2018 In 2016, the New York City Council passed the nation’s first slate of laws requiring freely accessible tampons and pads in its correction facilities, shelters, and public schools. Jennifer Weiss-wolf, Marie Claire, "Representative Sean Patrick Maloney Says a House Panel Wouldn't Fund Tampons For His Office," 29 June 2018 The Crossover’s Front Office asked anonymous NBA scouts to speak freely on the draft’s biggest questions., "Anonymous NBA Scouts on Trae Young, Luka Doncic and the Draft's Biggest Questions," 19 June 2018 Once Cattrall pulled out of the project, both women spoke more freely about their disappointments with the movie and with each other., "Don't Let The Sex And The City Cast’s Notorious Infighting Complicate The Show’s Legacy," 8 June 2018 Bible was eventually caught in Florida, and freely admitted to his crimes under questioning. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Texas assures court it can carry out aging death row inmate's execution," 19 June 2018 In 2016, Instagram launched its own version of Stories, which the CEO freely admitted was an exact copy of Snapchat’s Stories feature. Helena_fitzgerald, The Verge, "The decline of Snapchat and the secret joy of internet ghost towns," 18 May 2018 Yet in private, cable operators freely admit to military pressure. The Economist, "Pakistan’s most popular television channel is under attack," 19 Apr. 2018 Baker-Kinney has been unflappable under cross-examination, freely admitting her past experimentation with LSD and battle with alcoholism. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Bill Cosby retrial, Day 4: Accuser Janice Dickinson waits her turn to testify," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of freely

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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