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  • n. Freedom from constraint.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Freedom from constraint; ease.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Freedom from constraint; ease.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the trait of lacking restraint or control; reckless freedom from inhibition or worry

Etymologies

un- +‎ constraint (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "To fix the thoughts by writing, and subject them to frequent examinations and reviews, is the best method of enabling the mind to detect its own sophisms, and keep it on guard against the fallacies which it practises on others: in conversation we naturally diffuse our thoughts, and in writing we contract them; method is the excellence of writing, and unconstraint the grace of conversation."

    Wicked Quotes on Writing by Dr. Johnson on the occasion of his 300th

  • It is a statement to the poor souls who have lost their lives thanks to whimpy populations, unconstraint democracies and blood-lusty dictators.

    Estonian Symbolism, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • He kissed you on the forehead with a certain unconstraint, threw a number of pamphlets and papers with an easy gesture on the sidetable, sat down to table, found the soup delicious, and ate joyously.

    The French Immortals Series — Complete

  • How chaste this lovely young wife was in her unconstraint!

    The French Immortals Series — Complete

  • This unconstraint varied with bashful reserve, these fascinating scruples, which they overcame one after another, fearing no doubt to offend me by refusing things which they thought were French customs; all their little ways in fact stimulated me, ravished me, and yet daunted me at times so much that I dare no longer brave their looks -- although the presence of their father was a sufficient guarantee of the innocent character of these familiarities.

    French and Oriental Love in a Harem

  • Their special virtues, of dignity and solidity and frugality, stood out saliently against the ease and unconstraint about them; in the profusion of the table it was little less than edifying to hear Mrs Kilbannon, invited to preserves, say, "Thank you, I have butter."

    The Imperialist

  • The ease and unconstraint of that mountain home-life, however, were not very favourable to reserve and reticence; a spray of white heather, offered and received as the national emblem of good fortune, was made the flower symbol of something more, and words were spoken that effectually bound the two young hearts, though the formal betrothal was deferred until some time after the Princess, in the following

    Great Britain and Her Queen

  • _Science_, from its relation to _measure_, to _numbers_, to _fixed laws_; as Oral Speech corresponds, in its freedom and unconstraint, with

    Continental Monthly , Vol. 5, No. 6, June, 1864 Devoted to Literature and National Policy

  • English prejudices are terrible, they take away what is an essential to all artists, the _laisser-aller_, unconstraint.

    Women in the Life of Balzac

  • He could forsake his customary reserve for an unconstraint which established harmony and confidence.

    Pierre Curie

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