|Noun||1.||shareware - software that is available free of charge; may be distributed for evaluation with a fee requested for additional features or a manual etc.|
|(software)||shareware - /sheir'weir/ Software that, like freeware, can
be usually obtained (downloaded) and redistributed for free,
but most often is under copyright and does legally require a
payment in the EULA, at least beyond the evaluation period
or for commercial applications. This payment, as well as
fulfilling the user's legal obligations, may buy additional
support, documentation, or functionality. Generally, source code for shareware programs is not available. Shareware is
sometimes also nagware and/or crippleware, which muddles
the term and is frowned upon in the community.|
See also careware, charityware, guiltware, postcardware, and -ware; compare payware.
The History of Shareware.