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
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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 21 Jan. 2021.

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