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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
First recorded in 1325-75, unfetter is from the Middle English word unfeteren. See un-2, fetter Unabridged
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  • How Travers managed it no one could tell, but his own unfettered joy drove doubt and care from the little room.

    The Place Beyond the Winds Harriet T. Comstock
  • These things are left to the unfettered choice of individuals.

    The Subjection of Women John Stuart Mill
  • Mr. Gladstone and Mr. Bright would doubtless have gone much further in the path of reform if unfettered by ducal retainers.

    The Galaxy Various
  • She held out her hands, and he saw at a glance that her fingers were unfettered.

    Macaria Augusta Jane Evans Wilson
  • Our coolies stood ready to carry us, but all preferred the freedom of their unfettered limbs.

    From Egypt to Japan Henry M. Field
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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