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English citations of unfettered

not bound by chains or shackles[edit]

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  • 1841Charles Dickens, Barnaby Rudge, ch. 68
    In a corner of the market among the pens for cattle, Barnaby knelt down, and pausing every now and then to pass his hand over his father’s face, or look up to him with a smile, knocked off his irons. When he had seen him spring, a free man, to his feet, and had given vent to the transport of delight which the sight awakened, he went to work upon his own, which soon fell rattling down upon the ground, and left his limbs unfettered.

not restricted[edit]

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  • 1774First Continental Congress, Suffolk Resolves us they bequeathed the dearbought inheritance, to our care and protection they consigned it, and the most sacred obligations are upon us to transmit the glorious purchase, unfettered by power, unclogged with shackles, to our innocent and beloved offspring.
  • 1787James Madison, Federalist No. 42
    The regulation of commerce with the Indian tribes is very properly unfettered from two limitations in the articles of Confederation.
  • 1823James Fenimore Cooper, The Pioneers, ch. i
    Academies and minor edifices of learning meet the eye of the stranger at every few miles as he winds his way through this uneven territory; and places for the worship of God abound with that frequency which characterize a moral and reflecting people, and with that variety of exterior and canonical government which flows from unfettered liberty of conscience.
  • 1852Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Blithedale Romance, ch. ii
    But when we left the pavements, and our muffled hoof-tramps beat upon a desolate extent of country road, and were effaced by the unfettered blast as soon as stamped, then there was better air to breathe.
  • 1897Bram Stoker, Dracula, ch. 18
    In fact, so far as our powers extend, they are unfettered, and we are free to use them.
  • 1911Algernon Blackwood, The Centaur, ch. xxxv
    He ran, yet only partly as a man runs; he found himself shot forwards through the air, upright, yet at the same time upon all fours brandishing his arms he flew with a free, unfettered motion, traversing the surface of the mother's mind and body.
  • 1916Easter Proclamation (Proclamation of the Republic)
    We declare the right of the people of Ireland to the ownership of Ireland, and to the unfettered control of Irish destinies, to be sovereign and indefeasible.
  • 1920 The Declaration of the Rights of the Negro Peoples of the World
    We demand a free and unfettered commercial intercourse with all the Negro people of the world.
  • 1946Paramahansa Yogananda, Autobiography of a Yogi, ch. 26
    Spurning the transitory truths and freedoms, the KRIYA YOGI passes beyond all disillusionment into his unfettered Being.
  • 1946Winston Churchill, Iron Curtain Speech
    All this means that the people of any country have the right, and should have the power by constitutional action, by free unfettered elections, with secret ballot, to choose or change the character or form of government under which they dwell.
  • 1966Supreme Court of the United States, Miranda v. Arizona 384 U.S. 436 (1966)
    The privilege against self-incrimination, which has had a long and expansive historical development, is the essential mainstay of our adversary system and guarantees to the individual the "right to remain silent unless he chooses to speak in the unfettered exercise of his own will," during a period of custodial interrogation as well as in the courts or during the course of other official investigations.
  • 1986Ronald Reagan, Fifth State of the Union Speech
    But, as I have said before, the most powerful force we can enlist against the Federal deficit is an ever-expanding American economy, unfettered and free