unshackle (unshackles, present participle unshackling; past and past participle unshackled)

  1. To remove shackles from someone or something.
    The captain ordered that the guards unshackle and release the prisoner, as he had served his sentence.
  2. To remove restrictions or inhibitions; to allow full freedom and power.
    • 1818, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, On Poesy or Art
      Painting was, as it were, a new art, and being unshackled by old models it chose its own subjects, and took an eagle’s flight.
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