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Say goodbye to Evite, Shutterfly, to personal blogs, to eBay, and perhaps to an unfettered social media.
That has meant a great deal of local autonomy for Hong Kong, including an independent judicial system, unfettered capitalism, a free press, and personal freedom of expression.
The arrangement has led to frequent and often critical advances to better understanding important fisheries such as bluefin tuna, pink shrimp and dolphin, often giving the government unfettered access to research to carry out work.
Mandating higher wages will cost jobs, the old canard goes, and the obvious solution is to let the free market function unfettered.
The third is $24 million and unfettered free agency next year.
NBC said the interview wouldn’t give Jones an unfettered platform to express his controversial views.
Smartphones, tablets and unfettered Internet access connect us to faraway corners of the world and make life - and movie watching - all the more convenient.
For 14 years, American beef producers have been trying to get their product into China on an unfettered basis.
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A fetter is a chain or shackle for the feet (as on a prisoner), or, more broadly, anything that confines or restrains. The word derives from Middle English "feter" and shares a relationship with Old English fot, meaning "foot." In current English "unfettered" typically suggests that someone or something is figuratively "unchained," or unrestrained in progress or spirit. The poet John Donne is believed to have been the first to use "unfettered" in this way, in his 1601 work The Progress of the Soule: "To an unfetterd soules quick nimble hast / Are falling stars, and hearts thoughts, but slow pac'd."
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Definition of unfettered for English Language Learners
: not controlled or restricted
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