un·​tram·​meled | \ ˌən-ˈtra-məld How to pronounce untrammeled (audio) \
variants: US untrammeled or British untrammelled

Definition of untrammeled

: not confined, limited, or impeded untrammeled greed/arrogance the untrammeled free market Since the later 1990s, when the first news sites were introduced on the Internet, most papers have offered untrammeled access to them.— Michael Massing She looks back with amazement at the untrammeled single life she enjoyed not so long ago.— Paul Gray

Examples of untrammeled in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Campers venture out into the untrammeled waters for days without seeing another person or hearing anything but the soprano trill of a loon. Jack Brook, The Christian Science Monitor, "Conservation vs. copper: Minnesota town debates its future with a mine," 2 July 2020 Of course, the North American wilderness was never untrammeled. Boyce Upholt, Outside Online, "Parks Are Closing—but Wilderness Is All Around You," 27 Mar. 2020 People can still view the untrammeled gardens online, via Keukenhof Virtually Open, until the flowers bloom again next year. Nina Siegal, New York Times, "Where Have 140 Million Dutch Tulips Gone? Crushed by the Coronavirus," 12 Apr. 2020 The announcement ends a streak of untrammeled growth that had survived the Tiananmen Square crackdown, the SARS epidemic and even the global financial crisis. New York Times, "China’s G.D.P. Shrank in the First Quarter," 16 Apr. 2020 The Sapi Concession is 296,526 acres of raw, untrammeled Africa bordering Zimbabwe's Mana Pools National Park. Peter Browne, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Slow Safari Along Zimbabwe’s Back Roads," 20 Dec. 2019 The events of recent years — the data breaches, election influencing, and ensuing fraying of social fabrics — have demonstrated the cost of untrammeled growth. Alex Webb | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "How Tech Regulators Can Move Fast and Fix Things," 14 Mar. 2019 During the Cold War, the United States saw control of this island chain as a way to contain the Soviet Union and China; these days, Beijing wants to break the chain to gain untrammeled access to the Pacific. Washington Post, "Japan builds an ‘island wall’ to counter China’s intensifying military, territorial incursions," 21 Aug. 2019 Markets were unstoppable, commercial development proceeded like a forest fire and the streetscapes of our great trading enclaves expressed the frenzied ambition of untrammeled capitalism. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, "Forget the tanks. Trump’s violation of the Lincoln Memorial is the real offense.," 3 July 2019

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First Known Use of untrammeled

1795, in the meaning defined above

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13 Jul 2020

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“Untrammeled.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/untrammeled. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of untrammeled

formal : not limited or restricted

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