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
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Related Words for unfettered

free, loose

Examples from the Web for unfettered

Contemporary Examples of unfettered

Historical Examples of unfettered

  • 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



released from physical or mental bonds; unrestrained


verb (tr)

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.

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