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[uhn-fet-er] /ʌnˈfɛt ər/
verb (used with object)
to release from fetters.
to free from restraint; liberate.
Origin of unfetter
1325-75; Middle English unfeteren. See un-2, fetter Unabridged
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  • The red sand in the glass began to fall again, and its liberation seemed to unfetter my paralysed limbs.

    The Strong Arm Robert Barr
  • Scattergood was thinking, and to think, with him, meant so to unfetter his feet that he could wriggle his toes pleasurably.

    Scattergood Baines Clarence Budington Kelland
  • unfetter your thoughts from notions, prejudices and limitations.

    Supreme Personality Delmer Eugene Croft
  • To secure true progress, we must unfetter genius, and chain down mediocrity.

    Cannibals all! George Fitzhugh
British Dictionary definitions for unfetter


verb (transitive)
to release from fetters, bonds, etc
to release from restraint or inhibition
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unfetter

mid-14c., from un- (2) "opposite of" + fetter (v.). The figurative sense is recorded from late 14c. Related: Unfettered; unfettering.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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