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

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Recent Examples on the Web While the war between Ukraine and Russia is commonly depicted as a fight between the free and unfree world, prior to the war neither country was particularly free. Adam A. Millsap, Forbes, 6 June 2022 There’s a lesson about the relative blunders of free and unfree societies. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, 29 Mar. 2022 The human costs of pursuing the truth are horrific—scores of journalists killed every year, worldwide—but the costs of living in an unfree society are even higher. Sebastian Junger, Time, 17 Mar. 2022 The tide is turning against illiberal regimes in the existential battle between free and unfree nations. J.d. Crowe | Jdcrowe@al.com, al, 1 Mar. 2022 The fact that the nation began there, built its prosperity off Southern land and unfree labor, and also the genocidal relationship to Indigenous people that becomes a way of doing things. Los Angeles Times, 20 Jan. 2022 Those in unfree or otherwise wretched countries take great risks. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 26 Aug. 2021 The leaders in these unfree nations are all taking President Biden’s measure. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 15 July 2021 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 See More

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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 7 Aug. 2022.

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