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

Examples of unfree in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "The Protests Prove the Need to Regulate Surveillance Tech," 9 June 2020 In that respect, the Radicals found an Italy that was still unfree. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Radical Italian Art Goes Over the Top, Dazzlingly, in Houston," 29 Feb. 2020 The European Union and others charged that the election was unfair and unfree because the sole credible opposition party, the Cambodia National Rescue Party, was dissolved in November 2017 by Cambodia’s Supreme Court. Washington Post, "Cambodia’s leader relieved Trump doesn’t seek regime change," 28 Nov. 2019 Cuba, Nicaragua, North Korea, and Venezuela are unfree, poor, and failed states. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "History Has Shown That Socialism Isn’t the Cure," 7 Nov. 2019 In the 1600s, fluid settler Colonial societies composed of unfree African and European labor gradually hardened into a regime of brutal racial slavery. Wendell Nii Laryea Adjetey, Twin Cities, "Wendell Nii Laryea Adjetey: Why now is the moment to atone for 400 years of racism," 28 July 2019 Slavery made colonial Virginia prosperous, creating a plantation society founded on tobacco production, social and economic stratification, and unfree labor. Drew Gilpin Faust, The Atlantic, "Race, History, and Memories of a Virginia Girlhood," 18 July 2019 While most Africans were unfree laborers, some exercised liberties that later would be unthinkable. Drew Gilpin Faust, The Atlantic, "Race, History, and Memories of a Virginia Girlhood," 18 July 2019 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

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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 9 Jul. 2020.

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