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software package

[′sȯf‚wer ‚pak·ij]
(computer science)
A program for performing some specific function or calculation which is useful to more than one computer user and is sufficiently well documented to be used without modification on a defined configuration of some computer system.

software package

An application program developed for sale to the general public. Packaged software is designed to appeal to a large audience of users, and although the programs may be tailored to a user's taste by setting various preferences, it can never be as individualized as custom-programmed software.

Since so much software is downloaded via the Internet these days, the term is not as widely used as it was when all software was "packaged" in a box for sale. Contrast with custom software.
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