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Not free or independent

dependent

adjective

if you are dependent on someone or something, you need them in order to live or succeed

subject to something

in a situation where you have to obey a rule or a law

bound

adjective

having an obligation to do something because of a law, promise etc

answerable

adjective

if you are answerable to someone, you have to explain to them the reasons for your actions or mistakes

reliant

adjective

depending on someone or something

be a slave to/of something

to be influenced or controlled too much by something

a hostage to something

someone or something that is controlled by people or things that reduce their freedom

under someone’s control/influence/spell

strongly influenced by someone, so that you do what you think they want, or you copy them in some way

bound

adjective

feeling that you should do something because you are expected to, or because it is morally right, even if you do not really want to do it

stranded

adjective

left somewhere with no way of going anywhere else

SOLE

… a teaching method in which groups of children learn independently using a computer linked to the internet

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bankster

a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …

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