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 unfreedom (audio) \ noun

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Their laudable appeal to have-nots at the bottom of the pile, both free and unfree, meant that bishops had a citizen-army of pumped-up, undereducated young men ready to rid the world of sin. Bettany Hughes, New York Times, "How Christians Destroyed the Ancient World," 8 June 2018 Only that in a highly unfree market, consumers always get fewer choices, at higher prices. Michael Taylor, San Antonio Express-News, "Hopping mad about Texas beer regulations," 5 Mar. 2018 Don’t see Europe divided between free and unfree, see the wholeness that even communism can’t take away. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, "A Pope and a President in Poland," 6 July 2017

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First Known Use of unfree

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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