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unfetter

[uhn-fet-er] /ʌnˈfɛt ər/
verb (used with object)
1.
to release from fetters.
2.
to free from restraint; liberate.
Origin of unfetter
1325-1375
First recorded in 1325-75, unfetter is from the Middle English word unfeteren. See un-2, fetter
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Examples from the Web for unfetter
Historical Examples
  • unfetter your thoughts from notions, prejudices and limitations.

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

    Cannibals all! George Fitzhugh
British Dictionary definitions for unfetter

unfetter

/ʌnˈfɛtə/
verb (transitive)
1.
to release from fetters, bonds, etc
2.
to release from restraint or inhibition
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Word Origin and History for unfetter
v.

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

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