V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: not limited or restricted--free
Synonyms: unrestricted, unlimited, free, unhindered
Antonyms: restricted, limited
Tips: Unfettered comes from the noun fetter, which means "chain or shackle." When people are unfettered, they are free from restrictions. Unfettered is a more sophisticated and formal way of saying "unrestricted." You may have heard the phrase "unfettered access" used in the context of an investigation, to allow the investigator unrestricted or unlimited access to perform the investigation.
The dungeon floor was littered with fetters used on former prisoners. (chains, shackles) noun
The college graduate decided to pursue the occupation of her choice, unfettered by her parent's opinions. (unbound, unencumbered)
We have provided unfettered access to the files, so you may continue your investigation unimpeded. (unrestricted, unlimited)
The U.N. demanded unfettered access to the country's nuclear facility so a legitimate investigation could be conducted. (unrestricted)
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