unconstrained

adjective

un·​con·​strained ˌən-kən-ˈstrānd How to pronounce unconstrained (audio)
: not held back or constrained
unconstrained ambition
unconstrained expressions of grief
people unconstrained by financial worries

Examples of unconstrained in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Such unconstrained power can also contribute to partisan gamesmanship. Bryna Godar, The Conversation, 21 May 2024 As a result, retail continued to expand, unconstrained by major federal environmental laws. Johnathan Williams, The Conversation, 25 Apr. 2024 In the 1930s, unconstrained cropping and grazing turned much of the Great Plains to dust. Lydia Depillis, New York Times, 4 Apr. 2024 The Gilded Age of the late 19th century marked the last, climactic chapter of decades of largely unconstrained corporate growth and ostentatious displays of private wealth. Jonathan Mahler Edoardo Ballerini Emma Kehlbeck Joel Thibodeau, New York Times, 7 Apr. 2024 Added to this, unconstrained international speculation sparked global economic crises that further destabilized people’s lives. TIME, 18 Mar. 2024 Palestine is colonized with no army, no navy and no air force; Israel is the occupier and a world leader in unconstrained, mechanized death and destruction. Hazlitt, 6 Mar. 2024 What produced the war was the underlying challenge of maintaining Gulf security, combined with Saddam’s bizarre behavior, combined with the psychological impact of 9/11 on a handful of idiosyncratic, unconstrained American officials. Gideon Rose, Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2024 Looking back at this year’s collections, many designers seemed to be on this same unconstrained wavelength. Laia Garcia-Furtado, Vogue, 29 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unconstrained was in the 14th century

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“Unconstrained.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unconstrained. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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