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 for shareware
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: software that is available free of charge; may be
           distributed for evaluation with a fee requested for
           additional features or a manual etc.

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

   /sheir'weir/, n.
      A kind of freeware for which the author requests some payment, usually in
      the accompanying documentation files or in an announcement made by the
      software itself. Such payment may or may not buy additional support or
      functionality. See also careware, charityware, crippleware, FRS, {
      guiltware, postcardware, and -ware; compare payware.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

      /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.
     [{Jargon File]

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