[ uhn-fet-er ]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to release from fetters.

  2. 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

Words Nearby unfetter

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How to use unfetter in a sentence

  • 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
  • The red sand in the glass began to fall again, and its liberation seemed to unfetter my paralysed limbs.

    The Strong Arm | Robert Barr
  • First of his future stages, thou shalt see His trade unfetter'd and his ocean free.

    The Columbiad | Joel Barlow
  • unfetter your thoughts from notions, prejudices and limitations.

    Supreme Personality | Delmer Eugene Croft

British Dictionary definitions for unfetter


/ (ʌnˈfɛtə) /

  1. to release from fetters, bonds, etc

  2. to release from restraint or inhibition

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