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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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  • He is a lover of truth, and advocates the only way to arrive at it, which is by unfettered thought.

    Life in London Edwin Hodder
  • The Word of God might be useful in its way, but only as studied with unfettered thought.

    Life in London Edwin Hodder
  • His will, like his imagination, wanders free and unfettered.

  • All of this has been accomplished since the energies of men were unfettered.

  • As for the third, he was wounded, though not badly, and we left him unfettered.

    Sir Ludar Talbot Baines Reed
British Dictionary definitions for unfettered

unfettered

/ʌnˈfɛtəd/
adjective
1.
released from physical or mental bonds; unrestrained

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 unfettered

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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