Adjective "fettered" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A chain or manacle used to restrain a prisoner, typically placed around the ankles.
  1. 'The seduction of the mind by the senses is symbolized by the fetters grasping the necks and legs of the prisoners in the cave, whom Plato describes as being invested in the false belief that the projected images they witness are real objects.'
  2. 'And they… put out the eyes of Zedekiah, and bound him with fetters of bronze, and carried him to Babylon.'
  3. 'And you will see the criminals that Day bound together in fetters.'
  4. 'Once I have them fast in iron fetters, and confiscate the food and wine, I'll put an end to this outrageous curse!'
  5. 'Greed is like a dark prison and vices are like fetters around one's feet.'
  6. 'Offering a bitterly harsh regime, which punishes poor pupils by placing them in heavy iron fetters, it teaches pupils to fight for the cause of Islam.'
  7. 'I stood up as quick as possible, intending to take off again, but a pair of strong hands, his hands, wrapped around my shoulders and held me in place like I had fetters attached to my ankles.'
  8. 'the fetters of convention'
  9. 'In such circumstances it would, I think, place a serious fetter on negotiations between other parties if they knew that everything that passed between them would ultimately have to be revealed to the one obdurate litigant.'
  10. 'It is a de facto fetter on the Minister's freedom to formulate policy in Government and the electorate's right to vote for parties espousing particular policies.'
  11. 'Virtually no legal fetters exist to curb the resort to force; international legal standards afford only minimal protection.'
  12. 'To attempt to place upon the idea the fetters of an exact verbal formula could never have been sound.'
  13. 'The Supreme Court has an obligation ‘to avoid putting fetters upon the future by needless pronouncements today.’'
  14. 'The libertarian position, that everything the government does to try to curb antisocial behaviour is an illegitimate fetter on personal liberty, seems to me to be quite wrong.'
  15. 'For Faqir, it is the belief that all poetic expression can convey the ineffable, disclosing the nature of their inner being unalloyed by the fetters of religious and social convention.'
  16. 'His final walk was through riot torn Noakhali, to heal the wounds inflicted by fanatics on his beloved motherland, as she prepared to cast off the fetters of slavery and discovered that her cruel captors had dismembered her.'
  17. 'It is contrary to the public interest because to admit such actions would place an undesirable fetter on freedom of speech.'
  18. 'It could make a person, an artist even, that hypothetical cipher of freedom from drab social fetters, wonder if she has been doing what she wanted all along.'


Restrain with chains or manacles, typically around the ankles.
  1. 'Although unshackled from the 15 kg iron chains that fettered them for three years, they are yet to come to terms with their freedom.'
  2. 'He has been, your Honour, conveyed back to the same strict custody, manacled and fettered.'
  3. 'She followed obediently, moving in ridiculously small steps because her ankles were fettered to her waist.'
  4. 'Philosophers, however, were not fettered by such constraints.'
  5. 'The principle thus given is of great importance and ought not, in my opinion, to be unduly fettered or restricted.'
  6. 'Licensing, legal threats and intimidation directed at journalists all fetter press freedom.'
  7. 'Women throughout the developed world, she adds, are in revolt ‘against a domestic role they believe fetters their personal freedom’.'
  8. 'Whereas wrong desires restrict and fetter, right desires enhance and liberate.'
  9. 'It is important to avoid unduly fettering the power to amend the provisions of the scheme, thereby preventing the parties from making those changes which may be required by the exigencies of commercial life.'
  10. 'A contract which unlawfully fetters the discretion of a purchaser is ultra vires and invalid.'
  11. 'For the corruption of weak choices results in a chain of habit being formed, which fetters the character and becomes second nature, flawed or ‘vitiated’ nature.'
  12. 'We certainly listened very closely to the advice provided by officials, weighed up the issues, and basically came down to the basis that we must not unduly fetter or hamstring the commission itself.'

More definitions

1. a chain or shackle placed on the feet.

2. Usually, fetters. anything that confines or restrains: Boredom puts fetters upon the imagination. verb (used with object)

3. to put fetters upon.

4. to confine; restrain.

More examples(as adjective)

"wrists can be fettered with watches."

"powers can be fettered by rules."

"people can be fettered in ways."

"people can be fettered by traditions."

"people can be fettered by settlements."

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(fetter)Old English feter, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch veter ‘a lace’, from an Indo-European root shared by foot.