I'd like to use the word "unchainable" in the context of a short novel, but I see that such a word is not popular. Plus maybe its meaning could be misunderstood, as I want it to mean "that cannot be chained", and refer it to a person. An expedient to mean "no chain can tie her up", with one only word, and maybe also in a somehow poetic sense/ license.

What do you think? Would you understand it as I mean it? Other suggestions?

closed as off-topic by AmE speaker, Bread, J. Taylor, Nigel J, David May 21 '18 at 12:32

This question appears to be off-topic. The users who voted to close gave this specific reason:

  • "Questions on choosing an ideal word or phrase must include information on how it will be used in order to be answered. For help writing a good word or phrase request, see: About single word requests" – AmE speaker, Bread, J. Taylor, Nigel J, David
If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

  • Chains don't tie people up; chains bind people, the metaphor. To be bound by chains. You tie people up with a rope or cord. Perhaps you are trying to say: no ties bind her to him or to her family. She has no binding ties. The chain thing sounds quasi-s&m to me....just saying. – Lambie May 17 '18 at 14:00
  • 1
    The word is ambiguous. It can mean 'not chainable', i.e something that cannot be chained, but it can also mean 'able to be unchained', i.e, something can be unchained. One is parsed [un-[chain-able]], and the other [[un-chain]-able]. Similar remarks apply to unlockable; this is not an isolated occurrence. – John Lawler May 17 '18 at 15:43

unchainable A good word, less usage is good too, many would understand it and it is appropriate for literary use.


That cannot be chained.



incapable of being defeated, overcome, or subdued · At this point she's so far ahead in the polls that she's unstoppable.


incapable of being controlled : UNGOVERNABLE

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.