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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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  • He was generous, he embodied joy, delight and unfettered good spirits and he spread his boundless cheer to everyone.
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  • Today an invigorated opposition and an unfettered online media have made apathy and obfuscation harder.
  • Going out on a limb, the authors propose a hybrid between no virtual water transfers and unfettered transfer.
  • But the effect of their victory is to leave scientists free to continue research, unfettered by any regulation.
  • Their unfettered operation is what caused the problems.
  • Anniversaries are one of the few occasions at which a nostalgic impulse should be left to roam unfettered.
  • The germ of open political debate, if not of unfettered democracy, is in the air.
  • Strategically placed lightweight, high-stretch panels for unfettered twists and turns.
  • Clearly the author's free will to argue against truth is unfettered by reason, logic, or empirical fact.
British Dictionary definitions for unfettered


released from physical or mental bonds; unrestrained


verb (transitive)
to release from fetters, bonds, etc
to release from restraint or inhibition
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Word Origin and History for unfettered



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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