- to draw or press in; cause to contract or shrink; compress.
- to slow or stop the natural course or development of: Greed and aggressiveness constricted the nation's cultural life.
Origin of constrict
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Examples from the Web for constricted
The Ghostbusters are often constricted by their refusal to understand the opposite sex.The Scathing Sexual Politics of ‘Ghostbusters’
June 7, 2014
It would also enshrine one constricted vision of "Jewish state."The 'Defenders of Zionism' Lose Their Case
September 9, 2013
With a constricted economy and a declining threat, priorities need reexamining.The Week’s Best Reads
September 11, 2011
We hadn't fully understood how comfortable our life had become in recent times, constricted yes, but also extremely comfortable.The Extinction Parade: An Original Zombie Story by Max Brooks
January 14, 2011
He picked up the notebook, his breath cold in his constricted throat.Citadel
Algirdas Jonas Budrys
It came to her like a blow, almost forcing a gasp from her constricted throat.No Clue
The constricted living of flats had not come into existence.A Little Girl of Long Ago
Amanda Millie Douglas
Her emotion moistened her eyes and constricted her throat muscles.Old Mr. Wiley
Fanny Greye La Spina
Because you were constricted, physically, psychically, and emotionally.This Crowded Earth
- to make smaller or narrower, esp by contracting at one place
- to hold in or inhibit; limit
Word Origin and History for constricted
early 15c., from Latin constrictus, past participle of constringere "compress" (see constrain). A direct borrowing from Latin of the same word which, via French, became constrain. Related: Constricted; constricting.
- To make smaller or narrower, especially by binding or squeezing.