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fetter

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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

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2 something that makes movement or progress difficult
  • claims that government regulations are unnecessary fetters that keep him from achieving his business goals

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3 something that physically prevents free movement
  • considered a seat belt a pointless fetter—until one saved his life in an auto accident

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fetter

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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

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2 to create difficulty for the work or activity of
  • the belief that too many rules and restrictions fetter children's creativity

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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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“Fetter.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/fetter. Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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