What does the word fetter mean?

Usage examples for fetter

  1. And it is the more necessary to put the case in a clear and true light, because at the present day there is an evident disposition on the part of constituencies to avail themselves of Peel's conduct in this instance as a precedent, in spite of his protest against its being so regarded, and to fetter their representatives with precise instructions; and a corresponding willingness on the part of candidates to purchase support at elections by a submissive giving of pledges on a variety of subjects, so numerous as to leave themselves no freedom of judgment at all. – The Constitutional History of England From 1760 to 1860 by Charles Duke Yonge
  2. We, who pay dearly for every breath of pure, fresh air, must guard against the tendency to fetter the future. – Anarchism and Other Essays by Emma Goldman
  3. You have had no time to fall in love, to fetter your soul to any one else's. – The Created Legend by Feodor Sologub