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Definition to restrain or hinder

or more archaically:

a shackle for the ankles
  • She is fettered by old ideas whose time has passed.
fettered = hindered (held back)
  • the law would fetter the free press
  • An oppressed people are authorized whenever they can to rise and break their fetters.
    Henry Clay
  • Too often, our ability to trade with one another is fettered by quotas, tariffs and the influence of special interests.
  • "You are fettered," said Scrooge, trembling.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • fettered = in shackles (with the ankles or feet chained)
  • The clanking of fetters and the rattling of chains in the prison,
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • fetters = a shackle for the ankles
  • A moment more and I had fettered him to the granite.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Cask of Amontillado
  • fettered = chained
  • Arm you, I pray you, to this speedy voyage;
    For we will fetters put upon this fear,
    Which now goes too free-footed.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • fetters = shackles (chains to bind the ankles)
  • And thus your freedom when ... becomes itself the fetter of a greater freedom.
    Kahlil Gibran  --  The Prophet
  • fetter = restraining shackles
  • There is a devilish mercy in the judge,
    If you'll implore it, that will free your life,
    But fetter you till death.
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • fetter = to shackle or otherwise restrain or hinder
  • Well, I must be patient; there is no fettering of authority.
    William Shakespeare  --  All's Well That Ends Well
  • fettering = to restraining or hindering
  • It was Artemis, but she was wrapped in chains, fettered to the rocks.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Titan's Curse
  • fettered = shackled (restrained with chains)
  • so that individuals could rise from the bondage of myths and half truths to the unfettered realm of creative analysis and objective appraisal,
    Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  Letter from a Birmingham Jail
  • unfettered = unrestrained or unhindered
    (editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unfettered means not and reverses the meaning of fettered. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • These strong Egyptian fetters I must break,
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • fetters = shackles that bind the ankles or feet
  • But there is no such man; for, brother, men
    Can counsel and speak comfort to that grief
    Fetter strong madness in a silken thread,
    Charm ache with air and agony with words.
    William Shakespeare  --  Much Ado About Nothing
  • fetter = restrain (shackle)
  • Unfettered at last, it glided slowly through his consciousness...
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Hound of Rowan
  • unfettered = unrestrained or unhindered
    (editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unfettered means not and reverses the meaning of fettered. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • He felt it as a fetter, an encumbrance, something which made them both, but him in particular, ridiculous.
    Woolf, Virginia  --  Night and Day
  • No way but to fetter 'em; got legs,—they'll use 'em,—no mistake.
    Stowe, Harriet Beecher  --  Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • Also, his love of freedom chafed against the restriction in much the same way his neck chafed against the starched fetter of a collar.
    London, Jack  --  Martin Eden
  • He did not even feel the fetters.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment

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