un·​be·​hold·​en ˌən-bi-ˈhōl-dən How to pronounce unbeholden (audio)
: not having an obligation to someone : not indebted or beholden
In our age, for the first time, they could gain power themselves, unbeholden to tribal leaders for support.Ernest Gellner

Examples of unbeholden in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some 52% of people across 77 countries agreed that having a strong leader unbeholden to legislatures or elections is a good thing compared to 38% in 2009, International IDEA’s report said, citing a 2021 study by the World Values Survey. Yasmeen Serhan, Time, 21 Dec. 2022 Ward, who focuses on cybersecurity investments for Insight, noted that China and Russia are able to operate more swiftly and uniformly, as authoritarian regimes unbeholden to the same rules and transparency required of the U.S. government. Rey Mashayekhi, Fortune, 1 Dec. 2021 Lamb’s status in news journalism has long been emeritus-like, unbeholden to ratings (as a nonprofit, the network has never been monitored by Nielsen) or shareholders. Nathan Taylor Pemberton, The New Republic, 26 June 2019 New Jersey’s governor, Phil Murphy, beat a Norcross ally in the primary for the Democratic nomination by first locking up the North Jersey party committees, making him largely unbeholden to Norcross, to Norcross’s fairly public consternation. Alex Pareene, The New Republic, 26 June 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1674, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unbeholden was in 1674

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“Unbeholden.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unbeholden. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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