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The last word on the subject may very well belong to King, who in that same sermon discussed the perils of unfettered capitalism and the complicity of advertisers in persuading people to serve themselves through wonton consumerism.
The isolated resort, re-opened by billionaire Larry Ellison in 2016, is perched on a bluff overlooking Hulopoe Bay with unfettered views of the Pacific night sky.
While some building projects have stalled — including a commercial development proposed for land in the Fountaingrove neighborhood that burned in the fire — others have moved forward unfettered.
China’s tech firms have the heft to compete, but are not about to get unfettered access to Western consumers.
Months later, now that Wolff’s Fire and Fury has been released, his unfettered access seems like a grave mistake.
Judges do not have the unfettered social freedom of teenagers … maintenance of the appearance of impartiality requires the avoidance of entanglements and relationships that compromise that appearance.
Every member of Congress has a virtually unfettered ability to set office standards, including salaries, leave policies and staff duties.
The service VCs offer to their investors is unfettered access to exciting private companies, whose shares aren’t publicly traded.
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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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