unfetter

verb
un·​fet·​ter | \ ˌən-ˈfe-tər How to pronounce unfetter (audio) \
unfettered; unfettering; unfetters

Definition of unfetter

transitive verb

1 : to free from fetters unfetter a prisoner
2 : emancipate, liberate unfetter the mind from prejudice

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Examples of unfetter in a Sentence

authorities eventually unfettered the menagerie of wild animals that had been kept illegally as pets
Recent Examples on the Web The Safdies are pointedly effective in capturing the way in which a chaotic city’s overall rhythm goes on unfettered even as a character experiences a horrific disruption or glitch in one small part of it. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, 15 Dec. 2019 By manufacturing satellite components in space, Made In Space hopes to unfetter some of those launch constraints. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 2 Aug. 2019 By manufacturing satellite components in space, the company hopes to unfetter some of those launch constraints. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 29 July 2019 Unfettered by worries about his relationship, Caldwell thrived. Jason Blevins, The Denver Post, 18 May 2017

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First Known Use of unfetter

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Unfetter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfetter. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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