unfree

adjective
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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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 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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