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Fetter meaning

fetter - 6 dictionary results

  1. 1. A chain or shackle for the feet; a chain by which an animal is confined by the foot, either made fast or disabled from free and rapid motion; a bond; a shackle.
  2. 2. Anything that confines or restrains; a restraint.
  3. 3. To put fetters upon; to shackle or confine the feet of with a chain; to bind.
  4. 4. To restrain from motion; to impose restraints on; to confine; to enchain; as, fettered by obligations.
  5. 5. Chain for the foot; restraint.
  6. 6. To put fetters on; restrain.

fetter - examples of usage

  1. He felt it as a fetter, an encumbrance, something which made them both, but him in particular, ridiculous. - "Night and Day", Virginia Woolf.
  2. When he becomes recognized, new rules are formulated from his work, and are even used as a fetter to bind later poets and critics. - "The Literature of Ecstasy", Albert Mordell.
  3. But in order to determine the real import of an attempt to fetter the independence of a member of Parliament, one must consider how far it introduced a new practice into English politics, and for what purposes the claim of the association to call the member to account has been used. - "The Government of England (Vol. I)", A. Lawrence Lowell.
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