If something is unshackled, it's set free — anything confining it is loosened. When a guard removes the handcuffs from a prisoner's wrists, the prisoner is unshackled.

This adjective comes from shackle, a chain used to fasten someone's wrists or ankles together, and its Germanic root meaning "link of a chain." Remove someone's shackles and you get an unshackled person. You can use this word figuratively, too: "In the summertime, I feel unshackled from the constraints of school."

Definitions of unshackled
  1. adjective
    not bound by shackles and chains
    synonyms: unchained, unfettered, untied
    not restrained or tied down by bonds
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