I'm writing a report and want to say "a society freed BY technology". Can I write "a technology-freed society" to mean that? Does it sound correct to a native speaker's ears? Or does "a technology-freed society" mean a society freed OF technology? Please help!

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    Only if you want it to be misunderstood.
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    Commented Mar 10, 2015 at 3:07
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    You're likely to be misunderstood. I'm not going to endorse a bug-freed environment (used there to mean an environment freed of bugs, not by them). But that's what many people will assume you mean even in writing. They're practically bound to mis-hear if you say it. Commented Mar 10, 2015 at 3:10

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I would not suggest writing "a technology-freed society" to mean "a society freed by technology" unless the context is very clear. It's not incorrect, but it does share a meaning with "a society freed from technology", so you'd likely be causing your reader undue confusion. "A society freed by technology" is so nice and succinct already!


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