- forced, compelled, or obliged: a constrained confession.
- stiff or unnatural; uneasy or embarrassed: a constrained manner.
Origin of constrained
- to force, compel, or oblige: He was constrained to admit the offense.
- to confine forcibly, as by bonds.
- to repress or restrain: Cold weather constrained the plant's growth.
Origin of constrain
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Examples from the Web for constrained
In one fell swoop, the Supreme Court has constrained government power, expanded corporate rights, and protected religious tyranny.Hobby Lobby: Sex, Lies, and Craft Supplies
July 2, 2014
Both are constrained by the willingness of readers to shell out money for books that may or may not be worth buying.Amazon Is NOT the Vladimir Putin of the Publishing World
June 5, 2014
Tesla has said that its ability to produce cars has been constrained by a lack of batteries from suppliers.Tesla Looks Like a Bubble, Will It Pop?
March 1, 2014
To put it anachronistically, you didn't belong to the constrained world of Marx and Milton Friedman.I Don't Text on Shabbas
June 17, 2013
He never ignited much enthusiasm, however, and he was constrained to choose a highly ideological legislator running mate.Cruz's Secret Weapon: Republican Despair
May 2, 2013
Through dinner Harriett and Robin were silent and constrained.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
"From general character," Belinda began, in a constrained voice.
"You would say wrong, then," replied Mr. Vincent, in a constrained voice.
The morning meal, therefore, passed off in constrained silence.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
Casanova was constrained to admit that he often played cards at the Baron's house.Casanova's Homecoming
- embarrassed, unnatural, or forceda constrained smile
- to compel or force, esp by persuasion, circumstances, etc; oblige
- to restrain by or as if by force; confine
Word Origin and History for constrained
early 14c., constreyen, from stem of Old French constreindre (Modern French contraindre) "restrain, control," from Latin constringere "to bind together, tie tightly, fetter, shackle, chain," from com- "together" (see com-) + stringere "to draw tight" (see strain (v.)). Related: Constrained; constraining.