un·​re·​strict·​ed | \ ˌən-ri-ˈstrik-təd \

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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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 There are some notable centers on the free-agent market this summer, including Brook Lopez, Greg Monroe, Aron Baynes, Kyle O'Quinn, Nerlens Noel, JaVale McGee, Zaza Pachulia and Kevon Looney, who are all unrestricted. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks free agency primer: More decisions than just what to do with Jabari Parker," 29 June 2018 The funds were part of about $13.4 billion in oil earnings Iran had stashed in escrow accounts around the world to which the agreement gave it unrestricted access. Karen Deyoung, Washington Post, "Republican investigation finds that Obama administration misled Congress on possible Iranian access to U.S. financial system," 6 June 2018 The reduction included in next year’s budget would strip 24 percent of the unrestricted, discretionary state general fund money the agency receives. Melinda Deslatte, The Seattle Times, "Louisiana food stamp program threatened with shutdown," 9 June 2018 In a related deal, PetSmart transferred another 16% stake in Chewy.com to an unrestricted subsidiary, the people familiar with the matter said. Soma Biswas, WSJ, "PetSmart Spinning Off Stake in Chewy.com to Private-Equity Owner," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of unrestricted

1750, in the meaning defined above

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