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un- +‎ bridled


unbridled (comparative more unbridled, superlative most unbridled)

  1. Not fitted with a bridle.
    an unbridled horse
  2. (by extension) Without restraint or limit.
    unbridled capitalism
    She jumped into the project with unbridled enthusiasm.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, volume (please specify |volume=I to VI), London: A[ndrew] Millar [], OCLC 928184292:
      The doctor now interposed, and prevented the effects of a wrath which was kindling between Jones and Thwackum; after which the former gave a loose to mirth, sang two or three amorous songs, and fell into every frantic disorder which unbridled joy is apt to inspire []
    • 1938, Norman Lindsay, Age of Consent, Sydney: Ure Smith, published 1962, page 128:
      In a very precise voice, Miss Marley said to Jasper, "No, Jasper, I would never submit myself to the unbridled transports of passion."
    • 1962 March, J. M. Tolson, “The Netherlands Railways today—I: The economic development of the Netherlands Railways”, in Modern Railways, page 170:
      Unbridled competition between the different means of transport is eliminated by a licensing system, to which all transport concerns, whether by land or water, are subjected for both regular and occasional transport.
    • 2005, Sean Dooley, The Big Twitch, Sydney: Allen and Unwin, page 131:
      His contempt was totally unbridled, as though my goal was a personal affront to him and all humanity.




  1. simple past tense of unbridle