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

  • adj. Not controlled or held in check; immoderate: unrestrained exploitation of natural resources.
  • adj. Free of constraint; spontaneous and natural: an unrestrained laugh.

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  • adj. immoderate; not restrained or held in check
  • adj. spontaneous, natural and informal; unconstrained

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not restrained; not controlled; not confined; not hindered; not limited.
  • Licentious; loose.

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

  • adj. not subject to restraint
  • adj. marked by uncontrolled excitement or emotion


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  • What makes him somewhat leftist is that he locates the evil in unrestrained and unbridled capitalism (he even makes a stab at free market economists having blood on their hands).

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  • In the sixties and seventies, Toronto had a booming and free -- as in unrestrained -- rental market.

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  • (London, Intermediate Technology Development Group) 1982, Vol. 8, No. 4, pp. (13) Smith, R.G.: Long-term unrestrained expansion of test bricks in Transactions of the British Ceramic Society (London), 1973,

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  • United States to head off the Socialistic program, which, unrestrained, is sure to wreck our country.

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  • These statements of the Psalmist were indeed suggested by particular manifestations of human depravity occurring under his own eye; but as this only showed what man, when unrestrained, is in his present condition, they were quite pertinent to the apostle's purpose.

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  • However I do think the concept of (homo) sexual desire unrestrained is being used to signify the depravity of the Sodomites just as (inter-racial) sexual desire unrestrained is being used to signify the depravity of the blacks in "Birth of a Nation".

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  • From his discussion regarding the way we collect information to his criticism of the government’s compliance in unrestrained capitalism, he pretty much summed up the reasons for the climate we see today in the American political and economic system.

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  • Liberal proponents of American Values praise the freedom that opens the floodgates to gay marriage and pornography; conservatives, the liberty unleashing that locust plague called unrestrained capitalism; neo-conservatives the license for lying, murderous Machtpolitik.

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  • Reactions on the Left are thoughtful and mixed, while those on the Right are best described as unrestrained frothing at the mouth.

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