un·​con·​strained | \ ˌən-kən-ˈstrānd How to pronounce unconstrained (audio) \

Definition of unconstrained

: 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 The police have abandoned any pretense of neutrality, adopting a posture of unconstrained menace toward their critics and enemies. Sam Adler-bell, The New Republic, "How Police Unions Bully Politicians," 20 Oct. 2020 One of the things entrepreneurs need to be careful of is unconstrained growth. John F. Mcvea, Star Tribune, "Deciding when it's time to shift your business into growth mode," 8 Nov. 2020 That is why the United States and other free-market economies need to demonstrate the competitive advantages of decentralization and unconstrained entrepreneurialism while defending themselves from Chinese predation. H. R. Mcmaster, National Review, "China’s Statist System Is No Match for Free Markets," 24 Sep. 2020 The effect is unconstrained friskiness, like a wading pool full of puppies. Kyle Smith, National Review, "The Wink and the Fist," 21 Oct. 2020 In such an environment, conservative justices could have felt unconstrained by potential public backlash to an anti-ACA decision—as evidently did the four conservative dissenters, who stridently demanded wholesale invalidation of the law. Simon Lazarus, The New Republic, "The Dishonesty of Amy Coney Barrett’s “Textualist” Pose," 16 Oct. 2020 The implication that plants, animals, and, by extension, people, could be shaped in any desirable way, unconstrained by heredity, fit with Marxist theory. Sean B. Carroll, The Atlantic, "The Molecular Biologist Who Exposed the Soviet Union," 6 Oct. 2020 How one magic word became a way of justifying Silicon Valley’s unconstrained power. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "How to start a podcast while working from home," 2 Oct. 2020 Facing the same kind of unconstrained power play by McConnell again, the Democrats have few procedural weapons at their disposal other than taking radical measures themselves. Jane Mayer, The New Yorker, "For Mitch McConnell, Keeping His Senate Majority Matters More Than the Supreme Court," 19 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of unconstrained

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Unconstrained.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unconstrained. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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