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fetter

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noun fet·ter \ˈfe-tər\

Definition of fetter

  1. 1 :  a chain or shackle for the feet

  2. 2 :  something that confines :  restraint



Examples of fetter

  1. <a time-honored tradition is fine as long as it doesn't become a fetter that prevents us from trying something new>

  2. <claims that government regulations are unnecessary fetters that keep him from achieving his business goals>



Origin of fetter

Middle English feter, from Old English; akin to Old English fōt foot


First Known Use: before 12th century


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fetter

verb fet·ter

Simple Definition of fetter

  • : to prevent (someone or something) from moving or acting freely

  • : to put chains around someone's feet to prevent motion

Full Definition of fetter

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to put fetters on :  shackle

  3. 2 :  to restrain from motion, action, or progress

Examples of fetter

  1. He found himself fettered by responsibilities.

  2. <museum artifacts that serve as somber reminders of the days when slaves were fettered with irons>



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of fetter

before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of fetter

hamper, trammel, clog, fetter, shackle, manacle mean to hinder or impede in moving, progressing, or acting. hamper may imply the effect of any impeding or restraining influence <hampered the investigation by refusing to cooperate>. trammel suggests entangling by or confining within a net <rules that trammel the artist's creativity>. clog usually implies a slowing by something extraneous or encumbering <a court system clogged by frivolous suits>. fetter suggests a restraining so severe that freedom to move or progress is almost lost <a nation fettered by an antiquated class system>. shackle and manacle are stronger than fetter and suggest total loss of freedom <a mind shackled by stubborn prejudice> <a people manacled by tyranny>.


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