un·bound | \ˌən-ˈbau̇nd \

Definition of unbound 

: not bound: such as

a(1) : not fastened

(2) : not confined

b : not having the leaves fastened together an unbound book

c : not bound together with other issues unbound periodicals

d : not held in chemical or physical combination

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Synonyms & Antonyms for unbound


footloose, free, loose, unconfined, unrestrained


bound, confined, restrained, unfree

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Examples of unbound in a Sentence

He dresses however he likes and feels unbound by convention. a test to determine the amount of unbound iron in the blood

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Like so much of Montana, the unbound sky was bold and giant, rolling with storms, then cast with sunbeams and blue. Andrew Evans, chicagotribune.com, "Feel the pull of the prairie on a uniquely American safari in Montana," 5 July 2018 Where Social Distortion is taut, Built To Spill is unbound. Bill Brownlee, kansascity, "Built to Spill, Social Distortion fittingly end great music day at Middle of the Map," 1 July 2018 There’s an element of freedom to that — of being unbound from these earthly constraints — and delight. New York Times, "On the Met Gala Red Carpet, Playing It Unsafe," 8 May 2018 The 1967 march on the Pentagon — the building that sent my father to war — seethed with the venom against a government no longer trusted by a generation unbound. Jeffrey Fleishman, latimes.com, "Rage and wonder in 1968: The year war came through the TV and I felt pieces of childhood ending," 20 Apr. 2018 Dictator lit, on the other hand, is an altogether more curious genre, unbound by these concerns and behold only to the strongman’s narcissism. Colin Dickey, The New Republic, "Why Dictators Write," 22 Mar. 2018 This morning is the kind of brilliant that forces a Northerner, unbound from winter’s long twilight, to squint. Tom Verducci, SI.com, "The Boss Is Here: Inside Derek Jeter's Quest To Turn Around the Marlins," 7 Feb. 2018 The model that best explains those discrepancies is that unbound planets—or planets that don’t orbit a star—are floating between the stars in the lens galaxy. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Astronomers Spot Signs of Planets Outside the Milky Way," 6 Feb. 2018 Even you can sometimes be seized by a desire to become invisible, allowed to live your life unknown and unseen and unbound to anyone but yourself. Claire Comstock-gay, The Cut, "Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of December 11," 11 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of unbound

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unbound was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of unbound

: not controlled or influenced by something

: not tied together with something (such as string or rope)

: not having a cover or binding

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