Etymology
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shareware (n.)

in computing, "software distributed free on a trial basis in hopes of selling it," by 1982, from share (v.) + ware (n.).

updated on August 05, 2022

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Definitions of shareware from WordNet

shareware (n.)
software that is available free of charge; may be distributed for evaluation with a fee requested for additional features or a manual etc.;
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