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CHEAP, adjective

1. Bearing a low price, in market; that may be purchased at a low price; that is, at a price as low or lower than the usual price of the article or commodity, or at a price less than the real value. The sense is always comparative; for a price deemed cheap at one time is considered dear at another.

It is a principle which the progress of political science has clearly established; a principle that illustrates at once the wisdom of the creator and the blindness of human cupidity, that it is cheaper to hire the labor of freemen than to compel the labor of slaves.

2. Being of small value; common; not respected; as cheap beauty.

Make not yourself cheap in the eyes of the world.

CHEAP, noun Bargain; purchase; as in the phrases, good cheap better cheap; the original phrases from which we have cheap