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[kuh n-streynd] /kənˈstreɪnd/
forced, compelled, or obliged:
a constrained confession.
stiff or unnatural; uneasy or embarrassed:
a constrained manner.
Origin of constrained
First recorded in 1565-75; constrain + -ed2
Related forms
[kuh n-strey-nid-lee] /kənˈstreɪ nɪd li/ (Show IPA),
unconstrained, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for constrainedly
Historical Examples
  • "You could have told me, anyway," Good Indian said constrainedly.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • “I should thank thee, Master Devereaux,” said Francis constrainedly.

    In Doublet and Hose Lucy Foster Madison
  • Kincaid, in a manner, presented him to her—courteously, constrainedly.

    The Man Who Was Good Leonard Merrick
  • No, said he, constrainedly, not unless it were an offense against a child.

    The Soul of John Brown Stephen Graham
  • At last he said, constrainedly, "You speak that which is not."

    Friendship and Folly Maria Louise Pool
  • “I suppose we ought to be getting on,” he said constrainedly.

    The Phantom Lover Ruby M. Ayres
  • "I've heard his side of the story," said Helen, constrainedly.

  • "My predecessor prepared the ground for me," he replied, constrainedly.

  • "Hope you're not feeling very seedy," he said constrainedly.

    Shadows of Flames Amelie Rives
  • "I'm sorry that you and Tommy fought," she said constrainedly.

    Burned Bridges

    Bertrand W. Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for constrainedly


embarrassed, unnatural, or forced: a constrained smile
Derived Forms
constrainedly (kənˈstreɪnɪdlɪ) adverb
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