- (uncountable, computing, chiefly derogatory) A program whose functionality is severely limited beyond that of shareware, often in the interest of its author having the crippleware user make a purchase of the uncrippled program.
cripple +"Ž -ware
crippleware - Computer Definition
Software used to demonstrate how a program works, but severely limited in functionality. For example, the printing or saving functions might be missing, or a large logo and title might be printed in the middle of each page. A database package might be limited to 100 records. The user is able to see how the full program operates, but cannot use the program for any meaningful work. See trialware, shareware, freeware and wares.