un·​re·​strict·​ed | \ ˌən-ri-ˈstrik-təd How to pronounce unrestricted (audio) \

Definition of unrestricted

: not having limits : not subject to restriction : not restricted unrestricted areas an unrestricted discussion

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free-for-all, open, public


closed, exclusive, off-limits, private, restricted

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Henry Thoreau’s belief that governmental dependence creates an affinity for the government is exactly what the progressives are counting on, as evidenced by their clamor for unrestricted immigration. WSJ, "Self-Reliance Is Very Un-PC But It Isn’t a Mental Illness," 19 Feb. 2019 In unrestricted mode, the Ranger will do 29 mph, which is certainly fast enough for thrills. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The Polaris Ranger 150 EFI Is Like a Truck for Kids," 13 Feb. 2019 But smaller, rural programs are less likely to have that kind of unrestricted money to plug the holes. Bryce Covert, Glamour, "“At What Point Do We Have to Start Shutting Down?” Domestic Violence Shelters Struggle to Survive the Government Shutdown," 14 Jan. 2019 A year ago, McCarron filed a grievance to say he was wrongly listed back then and should actually be unrestricted. Jim Owczarski, Cincinnati.com, "Bengals QB McCarron: 'I absolutely loved my time in Cincinnati'," 15 Feb. 2018 The risk of losing George in unrestricted free agency for nothing was too great a risk for Orlando to accept. Josh Robbins, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Magic Mailbag: What are the chances of Orlando acquiring Kawhi Leonard?," 27 June 2018 Businesses have grown more aggressive in their use of unrestricted subsidiaries, according to some analysts. Soma Biswas, WSJ, "The Case of the Disappearing Collateral," 15 Nov. 2018 Large donations, grants, and government money often comes with rules about how cash can be spent, points out Guajardo, making shops an important source of unrestricted funds. Micaela Marini Higgs, Vox, "The complicated relationship between art and commerce has a home in the museum gift shop.," 7 Nov. 2018 The free agency class will be loaded (Klay Thompson, Jimmy Butler, Kawhi Leonard and Kevin Durant could all be unrestricted) and teams should finally have money again. Rohan Nadkarni, SI.com, "NBA Free Agency Needs to Return to Normal in 2019," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of unrestricted

1750, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unrestricted was in 1750

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English Language Learners Definition of unrestricted

: not controlled or limited in any way : not restricted

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