un·​re·​strained | \ ˌən-ri-ˈstrānd How to pronounce unrestrained (audio) \

Definition of unrestrained

1 : not restrained : immoderate, uncontrolled unrestrained proliferation of technology
2 : free of constraint : spontaneous felt happy and unrestrained

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Other Words from unrestrained

unrestrainedly \ ˌən-​ri-​ˈstrā-​nəd-​lē How to pronounce unrestrainedly (audio) \ adverb
unrestrainedness \ ˌən-​ri-​ˈstrā-​nəd-​nəs How to pronounce unrestrainedness (audio) , -​ˈstrān(d)-​nəs \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for unrestrained


easygoing, flexible, lax, loose, relaxed, slack, unrestricted


hard, harsh, rigid, rigorous, severe, stern, strict

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Examples of unrestrained in a Sentence

The child in the car accident was unrestrained. She was fined for driving with an unrestrained infant.

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The impact threw the Jeep’s unrestrained passenger, Rhawnie Lynn Harp, 40, out of the vehicle. oregonlive, "Newport man charged with manslaughter, DUII after Jeep crash on US 20 kills woman," 8 Sep. 2019 Whether or not Hong Kong’s lampposts actually transmit data as some believe, for protesters, the threat of Chinese surveillance and an unrestrained police state is politically compelling. Sidney Fussell, The Atlantic, "Why Hong Kongers Are Toppling Lampposts," 30 Aug. 2019 My insurers have had nearly unrestrained leeway to conduct discovery into all their allegations. Shelley Murphy, BostonGlobe.com, "Nathan Carman’s e-mailed response to inquiries from the Globe," 11 Aug. 2019 Ocasio-Cortez’s massive and unrestrained social-media presence takes this a step further and does the Republicans’ work for them. Kyle Sammin, National Review, "A Socialist Predecessor of Ocasio-Cortez in Congress," 13 Aug. 2019 Their home exudes their signature style — a colorful, zany, whimsical, layered, unrestrained combination of patterns mixed with abandon and aplomb. Marni Jameson, orlandosentinel.com, "Madcap Couple: 10 Ways to pile on pizzazz at home," 19 July 2019 The impact ejected the unrestrained Quave from the vehicle. Drew Broach, nola.com, "Unrestrained driver fatally injured in crash north of Covington," 22 June 2019 Most of all, there is the orgy of unrestrained torture. Susie Linfield, The New York Review of Books, "Syria’s Torture Photos: Witness to Atrocity," 9 Feb. 2019 The door was open, the windows in the backseat were closed and the child was unrestrained, police say. Serena O'sullivan, azcentral, "Peoria PD: Child found in car at Circle K tests positive for opiates," 24 July 2019

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First Known Use of unrestrained

1531, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of unrestrained

: not held in place by a belt, seat, device, etc.
: not controlled or limited

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a topic to which one constantly reverts

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