- 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 constricting
If his Ethicist gig ever winds up feeling too constricting, he can always launch a column called The Sophist.Forget the Wife Beating—Are You Ready for Some Football?
September 11, 2014
Some teachers initially disliked the new approach, the superintendent acknowledges, regarding it as too constricting.How to Fix Public Education
David L. Kirp
May 6, 2013
How would you talk your temples into throbbing and your throat into constricting?Jonathan Rauch's 'Denial', Part 3
May 3, 2013
It is not a constricting force when properly understood and implemented.Libyans Say Sharia Will Be Law of the Land
December 11, 2012
Your parents make all sorts of constricting choices for you.The Case for Circumcision
July 3, 2012
Exclusiveness is a constricting cord that strangles progress.The Better Germany in War Time
To them it was a numbing, constricting presence; the abode of darkness and horror.The New World of Islam
He gave up and awaited the constricting violence of the tangle strands.Tangle Hold
F. L. Wallace
A great lump has sprung into Peggy's throat, constricting the muscles.Doctor Cupid
He was constricting it in his hand and knocking his clenched knuckles on the marble.If Winter Comes
- to make smaller or narrower, esp by contracting at one place
- to hold in or inhibit; limit
Word Origin and History for constricting
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.