un·​bound | \ ˌən-ˈbau̇nd How to pronounce unbound (audio) \

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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Just consider some of what was lost in the Los Angeles Central Library fire, as detailed in Orlean’s book: Patent listings, magazines, microfilm, unbound manuscripts and 400,000 books of all types. Martin Wolk, latimes.com, "Why Susan Orlean sees a bright future for public libraries," 20 June 2019 Then, there’s the class of rock gods—Jagger, Bowie, Prince—whose omnisexuality seemed unbound by earthly constraints. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "Troye Sivan’s Coming of Age," 17 June 2019 Once that support system is in place, Trump is unbound, free to impose his fantasies on reality. David Roberts, Vox, "The caravan “invasion” and America’s epistemic crisis," 2 Nov. 2018 And the end result is a neutron star just under two solar masses, with most of that material being an exotic form of matter of unbound quarks and gluons. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Atoms may come apart as the Universe’s biggest stars explode," 24 Oct. 2018 Gill, also a licensed medical marijuana caregiver in the state of Maine, claims Roscoe was much calmer and less aggressive for the subsequent three weeks, and didn’t try to attack the other lobsters in his tank even though his claws were unbound. Michael Bartiromo, Fox News, "Maine officials say getting lobsters stoned with marijuana before killing them is illegal," 23 Sep. 2018 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

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First Known Use of unbound

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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