Definition of crippleware in US English:

crippleware

noun

Computing
informal
  • Software distributed with reduced functionality with a view to attracting payment for a fully functional version.

    • ‘Which we take as a tacit admission that the various crippleware schemes that the labels have tried, in an attempt to prevent audio CDs being ripped, have failed.’
    • ‘Previous attempts to sell Windows crippleware to general consumers failed locally, we understand, because the consumers simply got hold of a pirate copy of Windows and installed it instead.’
    • ‘‘People are not going to buy crippleware’.’
    • ‘It's ridiculous that Apple ships such an integral part of the Apple ‘experience’, as crippleware.’
    • ‘It's crippleware that also has a service connection charge’

Pronunciation

crippleware

/ˈkripəlwer/