un·​free | \ ˌən-ˈfrē How to pronounce unfree (audio) \

Definition of unfree

: not free : lacking freedom unfree laborers an unfree decision

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unfreedom \ ˌən-​ˈfrē-​dəm How to pronounce unfree (audio) \ noun

Examples of unfree in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It’s been said that, with respect to China, Americans will have to choose between free trade and free markets, since China’s policy is to make markets unfree. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, 21 Feb. 2021 This is a tragedy not of the freer market that now rules liveries in New York, but of the unfree market that used to. James Mccarthy, National Review, 30 Nov. 2020 The year this magazine was founded, 1955, was a study in contrasts — and confrontations — between the free world and the unfree world. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, 3 Dec. 2020 Yet Posey lived in a netherworld between free and unfree. Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2020 Even those devising a respectable philosophical pedigree for the free world ignored much that was happening and had happened in the supposedly unfree world. Pankaj Mishra, The New York Review of Books, 21 Oct. 2020 Why shouldn’t unfree states be expected to work together to place themselves and like-minded regimes on a body that defines their legitimacy to their citizens and the world? Aaron Rhodes, WSJ, 18 Oct. 2020 Yet, while troubling, mass surveillance did not prompt most Americans to think that their country had become fundamentally unfree. Stephen Wertheim, The New Yorker, 1 Oct. 2020 None of this is to support political relativism; the United States is not, as some dictators like to suggest, as unfree as many other countries. Justin Sherman, Wired, 9 June 2020

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First Known Use of unfree

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Unfree.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfree. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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