Definition of abandonware in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈbandənwɛː/


[mass noun]
Computer software that is no longer distributed or supported by the developer or copyright holder: those who illegally distribute abandonware on the Web see themselves as archivists who are helping save old computer programs for posterity
More example sentences
  • Abandonware justifies itself by preserving gaming history in a 'living' way.
  • Everything has to be absolutely above-board, so emulators and even abandonware are out of the question, alas.
  • A few examples are Abandonware, MP3 downloads, warez and their kind.

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