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fetter

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of fetter

  1. 1 something that limits one's freedom of action or choice a time-honored tradition is fine as long as it doesn't become a fetter that prevents us from trying something new Synonyms of fetter check, circumscription, condition, constraint, curb, restriction, limitation, restraint, strictureWords Related to fetter exception, proviso, qualification, reservation, stipulation, strings; ban, prohibition, proscriptionNear Antonyms of fetter freedom, latitude

  2. 2 something that makes movement or progress difficult claims that government regulations are unnecessary fetters that keep him from achieving his business goals Synonyms of fetter balk, bar, block, chain, clog, cramp, crimp, deterrent, drag, embarrassment, encumbrance, handicap, hindrance, holdback, hurdle, impediment, inhibition, interference, let, manacle, obstacle, obstruction, shackles, stop, stumbling block, trammelWords Related to fetter catch, hitch, rub, snag; barrier, blockade, blockage, brick wall, stone wall; arrest, bit, brake, check, constraint, curb, hobble, rein, restraint; embargo, stoppage; delay, holdup, stall; burden, cumber, load; danger, hazard, peril, reef; adversity, difficulty, disadvantage, drawback, hardshipNear Antonyms of fetter catalyst, goad, impetus, incentive, spur, stimulant, stimulus; advantage, break, edge; aid, assistance, benefit, boost, handmaiden (also handmaid), help

  3. 3 something that physically prevents free movement considered a seat belt a pointless fetter—until one saved his life in an auto accident Synonyms of fetter band, bind, bracelet, chain, cuff(s), bond, handcuff(s), irons, ligature, manacle(s), shackleWords Related to fetter captivity, confinement, constraint, curb, enchainment, enslavement, hindrance, immurement, imprisonment, incarceration, restraint, restriction; entanglement, net, trammel, trap; collar, straitjacket (also straightjacket); fastener, hobble, hold, hold-down, holding, tie


fetter

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of fetter

  1. 1 to confine or restrain with or as if with chains museum artifacts that serve as somber reminders of the days when slaves were fettered with irons Synonyms of fetter chain, enchain, enfetter, bind, gyve, handcuff, manacle, pinion, shackle, trammelWords Related to fetter bit, hobble, hog-tie, iron, lash, secure, tie, truss; attach, fasten, join, link; confine, constrain, curb, hamper, hinder, impede; limit, restrict; entangle, tangleNear Antonyms of fetter emancipate, free, liberate, loose, release, rescue; undo, unfasten, untangle, untie; detach, disengageAntonyms of fetter unbind, unfetter, unshackle

  2. 2 to create difficulty for the work or activity of the belief that too many rules and restrictions fetter children's creativity Synonyms of fetter clog, cramp, embarrass, encumber, hamper, handcuff, handicap, hinder, hobble, hog-tie, hold back, hold up, impede, inhibit, interfere (with), manacle, obstruct, shackle, short-circuit, stymie, tie up, trammelWords Related to fetter balk, check, constrain, curb, rein, restrain; bind, chain, halter, leash, tether, tie; arrest, brake, delay, retain, retard; barricade, block, blockade, roadblock; bog (down), mire; choke, smother, stifle, strangle, suffocate; baffle, foil, frustrate, stump, thwart; derail, disrupt, sabotage; muzzle, repress, suppress; confine, hedge (in), hem (in)Near Antonyms of fetter clear, make way, open, unclog, unplug, unstop; free, liberate, release, untie; loosen, smooth; encourage, further, promoteAntonyms of fetter aid, assist, facilitate, help

Synonym Discussion of fetter

hamper, trammel, clog, fetter, shackle, manacle mean to hinder or impede in moving, progressing, or acting. hamper may imply the effect of any impeding or restraining influence.
    • hampered the investigation by refusing to cooperate
trammel suggests entangling by or confining within a net.
    • rules that trammel the artist's creativity
clog usually implies a slowing by something extraneous or encumbering.
    • a court system clogged by frivolous suits
fetter suggests a restraining so severe that freedom to move or progress is almost lost.
    • a nation fettered by an antiquated class system
shackle and manacle are stronger than fetter and suggest total loss of freedom.
    • a mind shackled by stubborn prejudice
    • a people manacled by tyranny


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