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unfix

[uhn-fiks] /ʌnˈfɪks/
verb (used with object), unfixed or unfixt, unfixing.
1.
to render no longer fixed; unfasten; detach; loosen; free.
2.
to unsettle, as the mind, traditions, or habits.
Origin of unfix
1590-1600
First recorded in 1590-1600; un-2 + fix
Related forms
unfixedness
[uhn-fik-sid-nis, -fikst-nis] /ʌnˈfɪk sɪd nɪs, -ˈfɪkst nɪs/ (Show IPA),
noun
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  • I can only say that in any case it is of the kind that floats and is unfixed.

    Alarms and Discursions G. K. Chesterton
  • Flood the unfixed film with stain, allow it to act 30 seconds.

  • Their figures, unfixed in the abyss, have been shifted like errant sands of Earth.

    The Masque of the Elements Herman Scheffauer
  • He was still as unsure and unfixed as when he had married himself.

    The Rainbow D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  • But they did not see things to burn everywhere, because their minds were unfixed.

    Eugenics and Other Evils G. K. Chesterton
  • The Baroness had listened to all this with folded hands and unfixed eyes.

    The Goose Man Jacob Wassermann
  • The unfixed smear is covered with the stain for four or five seconds.

    A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis James Campbell Todd
British Dictionary definitions for unfixed

unfix

/ʌnˈfɪks/
verb (transitive)
1.
to unfasten, detach, or loosen
2.
to unsettle or disturb
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