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: to free from fetters
unfetter a prisoner
: emancipate, liberate
unfetter the mind from prejudice
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discharge, disenthrall (also disenthral), emancipate, enfranchise, enlarge, free, liberate, loose, loosen, manumit, release, spring, unbind, uncage, unchain
bind, confine, enchain, fetter, restrain
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14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1
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