held in servitude
- hampered and not free; incapable of act at will
- maybe not free held in bondage
- perhaps not free; held in bondage.
c.1300, from un- (1) "not" + free (adj.). Comparable formation in center Dutch onvri, Old tall German unfri, German unfrei, center Danish ufri.
(a.) Perhaps not free; held in bondage.
As the word frankpledge denotes, these societies were originally concerned only with freemen; but the unfree were afterwards admitted, and during the 13th century the frankpledges were composed chiefly of villains.