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confined

[kuh n-fahynd] /kənˈfaɪnd/
adjective
1.
limited or restricted.
2.
unable to leave a place because of illness, imprisonment, etc.
3.
being in childbirth; being in parturition.
Origin of confined
Related forms
confinedly
[kuh n-fahy-nid-lee, -fahynd-lee] /kənˈfaɪ nɪd li, -ˈfaɪnd li/ (Show IPA),
adverb
confinedness, noun
nonconfined, adjective
preconfinedly, adverb
unconfined, adjective
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Examples from the Web for unconfined
Historical Examples
  • For the first time he felt the breath of Nature, free and unconfined, upon his brow.

    The Monster Men Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Fancy hats, jewelry and unconfined curls were also strictly forbidden.

    Patchwork Anna Balmer Myers
  • "On with the dance, then, let joy be unconfined," cried Andy.

  • In youth, that effervescent stage of human existence, "joy is unconfined."

    Games For All Occasions Mary E. Blain
  • We found ourselves yearning for that beauty which is unconfined.

    The Hive

    Will Levington Comfort
  • Wait until my wants are complete; then let joy be unconfined.

  • Why aren't you letting joy be unconfined and all that sort of thing?

    Sonia Between two Worlds Stephen McKenna
  • Her hair was tumbled about her rosy cheeks, unconfined by any braid or comb.

    Japanese Fairy Tales

    Grace James
  • Usually he thought more accurately when his feet were unconfined.

    Scattergood Baines Clarence Budington Kelland
  • There was considerable 'on with the dance, let joy be unconfined.'

    Remarks Bill Nye
British Dictionary definitions for unconfined

unconfined

/ˌʌnkənˈfaɪnd/
adjective
1.
not enclosed or restricted; free
2.
(of an emotion) not restricted or disguised: unconfined joy

confined

/kənˈfaɪnd/
adjective
1.
enclosed or restricted; limited
2.
in childbed; undergoing childbirth
Derived Forms
confinedly (kənˈfaɪnɪdlɪ) adverb
confinedness, noun
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