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free agent

1. A professional, especially an athlete, who is able to enter a contract with any organization without restrictions. The star quarterback will be a free agent when his contract ends after the season, and everyone expects him to sign with whatever team offers the most money.
2. By extension, a person who has no limitations placed on him or her by others, either professionally or socially. I just broke up with my girlfriend, so I'm a free agent again!
See also: agent, free

free agent

1. A person not under compulsion or constraint, not responsible to any authority for his or her actions. For example, After he quit his job, he decided to pursue the same line of work as a free agent. Originally used to describe a person subject to the philosophic concept of free will (as opposed to determinism), this expression was first recorded in 1662. Later it was extended to mean "someone not under obligation to an authority."
2. A professional athlete who is free to sign a contract with any team. For example, After he was released from the Yankees, he was a free agent and could shop around for the team that offered the most money . [Second half of 1900s]
See also: agent, free
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Whether or not Banez's proposed solution to the problem according to which "actual grace" (the physical premotion of God moving our free wills in the supernatural order) is acceptable to a "developmental" Thomism appears to be questionable.
It seems fair to ask why an entrepreneurial society allowed a legal system which outlawed usury, did not recognize expectation damages, limited the use of private property by both priority rights and communal need, favored notions of equity which preferenced a fair exchange over the wording of a contact, and did not perceive a contract as a convergence of free wills but as a communal instrument?
Price was instrumental in launching the 'Wills for Heroes' program, which provides free Wills and other basic estate planning instruments to lower income Veterans and their spouses through the CLC Pro Bono Program.
Blythe Liggins is continuing its support of The Myton Hospices in Warwick by offering free wills this month.
It clearly indicates that the PKK lacks popular support in the region, and Kurdish voters were subjected to pressure from the PKK and that they did not elect the BDP deputies with their free wills.
The aim of the campaign is to encourage those aged 55 and over to have their will written and consider leaving a gift to one or more of the Free Wills Month charities - although there is no obligation to do so.
Free Wills Fortnight, which runs between May 18 and 31, is organised by 10 UK charities and is supported by a number of firms of solicitors on Tyneside.
Redcar-based firm Richard Knaggs Solicitors is offering free wills to clients in November and December if they make a donation to Zoe's Place.
The free wills are being offered by Liverpool law firm Lees Lloyd Whitley of Castle Street.