unrestrained

You know how your uncle Marvin is always screaming at the television when his game shows are on? That’s because he’s being unrestrained. Anyone exhibiting uncontrolled emotion is unrestrained, meaning they don’t hold back.

Unrestrained comes from the French restreinte, which means “hold back.” When something is restrained, that thing is confined in some way. Unrestrained means just the opposite. When you’re feeling unrestrained excitement, you might jump up and down, or call all your friends to tell them how you feel. The unrestrained crush you have on the guy in math class might lead you to cover your notebooks with his name written in bubble letters. It happens to the best of us.

Definitions of unrestrained
  1. adjective
    not subject to restraint
    unrestrained laughter”
    Synonyms:
    uncontrolled
    not being under control; out of control
    free
    able to act at will; not hampered; not under compulsion or restraint
    uninhibited
    not inhibited or restrained
    unreserved
    not cautious or reticent
    excessive, extravagant, exuberant, overweening
    unrestrained, especially with regard to feelings
    freewheeling
    free of restraints or rules
    highflying
    extravagant or ambitious or extreme in aims or opinions
    incontinent, unbridled, unchecked, uncurbed, ungoverned, wanton
    not restrained or controlled
    unbuttoned, unlaced
    not under constraint in action or expression
    unhampered, unhindered
    not slowed or blocked or interfered with
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    Antonyms:
    restrained
    under restraint
    controlled
    restrained or managed or kept within certain bounds
    inhibited
    held back or restrained or prevented
    reserved
    marked by self-restraint and reticence
    close
    strictly confined or guarded
    low-key, low-keyed, subdued
    restrained in style or quality
    unexpansive
    not given to high spirits or effusiveness
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  2. adjective
    marked by uncontrolled excitement or emotion
    synonyms: delirious, excited, frantic, mad
    wild
    marked by extreme lack of restraint or control
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