un·​bur·​dened | \ ˌən-ˈbər-dᵊnd How to pronounce unburdened (audio) \

Definition of unburdened

: not burdened : having no weight or load unburdened by the expectations of others

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Examples of unburdened in a Sentence

now unburdened of his painful secret, he felt free for the first time in years
Recent Examples on the Web Many who fled similarly lived out of a suitcase for months like nomads, and felt newly unburdened. New York Times, "Coming Home," 1 Jan. 2021 Will the policies that led to Vermont’s low rate of community spread, and helped its hospital systems stay relatively unburdened over the summer, now buffer the state against the winter wave of cases? Megan Molteni, Wired, "Iowa’s Covid Wave and the Limits of Personal Responsibility," 20 Nov. 2020 President Donald Trump won O'Halleran's district by 1 percentage point in 2016, and Shedd was unburdened by the personal and ideological problems that plagued O’Halleran’s first two GOP opponents. Ronald J. Hansen, The Arizona Republic, "Rep. Tom O'Halleran wins a third term; all of Arizona's US House incumbents reelected," 10 Nov. 2020 This part of our conversation felt almost like the two onstage — unburdened and gleefully chasing after a higher calling. Hanif Abdurraqib, New York Times, "How Gillian Welch and David Rawlings Held Onto Optimism," 3 Nov. 2020 The front-disc, rear-drum brakes are unburdened by an anti-lock system. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1999 Laforza Speciale Edition Reimagines an Unusual SUV," 29 Sep. 2020 Less than sixty days out from the election, Trump, unburdened by official campaign themes or facts, seems to be chasing a surprisingly large and protean coalition. Benjamin Wallace-wells, The New Yorker, "How Trump Could Win," 11 Sep. 2020 Feeling unburdened, Wolfson’s patients were willing to plumb the depths of their psychic pain in profound ways, looking at how the disease disrupted their lives, self-worth, and personal and professional interactions. Carolyn Wells, Longreads, "The Consequences of Surviving," 10 Aug. 2020 That doesn’t mean that ideas can’t be knocked down on their own merits or that truly individual selves can’t be recovered or created when people are unburdened from the weight of limiting circumstance. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "The Willful Blindness of Reactionary Liberalism," 6 July 2020

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First Known Use of unburdened

1548, in the meaning defined above

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10 Jan 2021

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“Unburdened.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unburdened. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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