from The Century Dictionary.

  • Not fretted; not worn or rubbed.

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  • adjective music, of a musical instrument Not fretted; without frets.

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  • adjective without frets


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un- +‎ fretted


  • "We also have seen evidence that homosexual couples prey on young males and have in some instances adopted them in order to have unfretted access to subject them to a life of molestation and sexual abuse."

    Danny Miller: Gays Are the New Jews

  • The only thing I can add to the annotation, off the top of my head, is that "double-E waterfall" to me, as a musician, meant one of those unfretted notes way up the guitar neck, that when played through a flange/echo device provides cascades of echo/overtones, in an audio waterfall.

    The Annotated "China Cat Sunflower"

  • If he disarms, if he allows unfretted inspections, my prediction is there won't be a war.

    CNN Transcript Nov 17, 2002

  • How softly, almost lingeringly, it lets the moments slip from gold to gray, seeking to give him, to the full and unfretted, his little hour in the sunshine!

    Virginia: the Old Dominion

  • These subjects unlearned or forgotten, one could still go through life unfretted by the loss.

    The Joys of Being a Woman and Other Papers

  • It is a great book because the romance of it emerges into undisturbed amplitude of space, and asserts itself in large, grand, primitive forms unfretted by teasing irrelevancies.

    Suspended Judgments Essays on Books and Sensations

  • We travelled at night or in the freshness of early morning, regardless of the hours, unfretted by the tyrannous remembrances of appointed times.

    Apologia Diffidentis

  • Through the kitchen windows the sun streamed in, in broad, unfretted bands of light.

    Sally of Missouri

  • The deepest ignorance, the dullest incapacity, the cloudiest faculties of apprehension, were nothing to him in man or woman, provided he could only be sensible of that indescribable emanation from voice and eye and movement, that silent effusion of serenity around spoken words, which nature has given to some tranquillising spirits, and which would have left him free in an even life of indolent meditation and unfretted sense.


  • Behind this stretches the miniature landscape, but the foreground is unfretted by detail, abounding in the repose of the simple surfaces of the garments of Mother and Child.

    The Tapestry Book


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