Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Want of or freedom from restraint.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Lack of restraint; the quality of being unrestrained.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Freedom from restraint; freedom; liberty; license.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Freedom from restraint.

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

  • n. the quality of lacking restraint

Etymologies

un- +‎ restraint (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I described as unrestraint tempered by finesse, her pretentious exaggerations as a natural desire to please; was it her fault that she was poor?

    The French Immortals Series — Complete

  • I then paid her the most extravagant compliments; her senseless chatting I described as unrestraint tempered by finesse, her pretentious exaggerations as a natural desire to please; was it her fault that she was poor?

    The Confession of a Child of the Century — Complete

  • [The rampant unrestraint, which is the characteristic of wickedness.] “Good,” said Sybil, quietly; “and I too.”

    Septimius Felton, or, The elixir of life

  • [_The rampant unrestraint, which is the characteristic of wickedness_.] "Good," said Sibyl, quietly; "and I too."

    Septimius Felton, or, the Elixir of Life

  • I swear, I could skin him, protect myself from all decoys, prevent us from meeting, even in dreams, within the same 100 yards, but no worries, I don't need protection; you follow the law and stay gone, as maybe you feared last year's blizzards and that's what kept us inside ... all that unrestraint, all that To Be Continued -- now you're just another Where Are They Now?

    Ben Evans: The Poetry of Michael Tyrell

  • Romans of the imperial age practiced torture against enemy combatants on an imposing scale of unrestraint.

    David Bromwich: Follow the Evidence

  • There is skepticism about the impact and the unrestraint spending they're seeing out of this democratic Congress.

    CNN Transcript Jul 10, 2009

  • I think they are very able guys but no one individual or two or six individuals, unrestraint, ought to have this power.

    CNN Transcript Sep 22, 2008

  • Roger was struck by these words, spoken with the glad unrestraint that always carries a woman further than she intended, just as prudery often lends her greater cruelty than she feels.

    A Second Home

  • Sometimes I'm bothered by the unrestraint of new media but it is days like these I'm grateful to get offered a different perspective.

    A different perspective

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