un·​re·​strained | \ ˌən-ri-ˈstrānd \

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 \ adverb
unrestrainedness \ ˌən-​ri-​ˈstrā-​nəd-​nəs , -​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 fabric merges the pleasure of touch with the unrestrained glamour of childhood taste and the rapid innovation of an Alibaba world. Jamie Lauren Keiles, Vox, "Flip sequins are the weird, glitzy fabric that kids can’t get enough of," 27 Nov. 2018 The Raptors are playing with the unrestrained glee of a team that knows it will no longer be known as LeBronto, the nickname that reflected how thoroughly James dominated Toronto. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "There’s a LeBron-Shaped Hole in Half of the NBA," 15 Nov. 2018 As so the right has spun off into a world of its own, virtually unrestrained, at little political cost. David Roberts, Vox, "The caravan “invasion” and America’s epistemic crisis," 2 Nov. 2018 One of the men had been unrestrained in a back seat at the time of the crash and suffered severe head and neck trauma. City News Service, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Police announce arrest in Lincoln Park Hit-and-Run crash that gravely injured man," 1 June 2018 Asuaje walks around the Peoria Sports Complex with the unrestrained joy of a child and the inherent swagger of a Doberman Pinscher. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Carlos Asuaje acting (and playing) like he belongs with Padres," 5 Mar. 2018 The McLaughlin Garden & Homestead in South Paris is a bucolic oasis in the midst of unrestrained roadside development. Patricia Harris And David Lyon, BostonGlobe.com, "Goin’ up the country: The rustic appeal of Maine’s Route 26," 21 June 2018 The true legacy of many of the Nazi's most ambitious technological projects is not success, but unrestrained excess and abject failure. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Nazi UFO Toy Pulled for Historical Inaccuracy," 21 June 2018 The 28-year-old queen from Azusa, Calif. has built a successful music career out of her raw, unrestrained rock sound, especially with her latest album Whatever. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Adore Delano Prays to Survive Her Late 20s in Moody New '27 Club' Video: Watch," 27 June 2018

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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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to deny responsibility for

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