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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
  • He 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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cramp one's style, give a hard time

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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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