forced, compelled, or obliged: a constrained confession.
stiff or unnatural; uneasy or embarrassed: a constrained manner.
- con·strain·ed·ly [kuhn-strey-nid-lee], /kənˈstreɪ nɪd li/, adverb
- un·con·strained, adjective
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How to use constrained in a sentence
Because backcountry skis are already light, women shouldn’t feel constrained to hunting down women-specific backcountry skis.
That’s good for completing simple tasks in constrained environments, like fulfilling orders in a warehouse.AI armed with multiple senses could gain more flexible intelligence | Katie McLean | February 24, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
Home-buyer demand in most of the country is robust this winter, and activity is strong at the upper end of the market, where housing supply is less constrained.Mortgage rates stuck in neutral amid economic uncertainty | Kathy Orton | February 11, 2021 | Washington Post
The soaring demand and constrained supply have been great news for homeowners who have seen their home values increase.Covid-19 caused a recession. So why did the housing market boom? | Jerusalem Demsas | February 5, 2021 | Vox
This flawed approach for allocating constrained vaccine supplies could exacerbate inequities that have already devastated communities of color during the pandemic.The COVID-19 vaccine rollout is dangerously flawed. Science and data could fix it | matthewheimer | December 18, 2020 | Fortune
I think women are very constrained by the roles that they play.Carrie Coon on ‘The Leftovers,’ That Wild Finale, Her Apocalyptic Visions, and ‘Gone Girl’ | Marlow Stern | September 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In one fell swoop, the Supreme Court has constrained government power, expanded corporate rights, and protected religious tyranny.
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 | Nick Gillespie | June 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
She and Giuliani can say what some others who live and operate in Washington may feel constrained from saying.
Tesla has said that its ability to produce cars has been constrained by a lack of batteries from suppliers.
There was a constrained late dinner, at the end of which Mamma picked up Judy and put her to bed with endearments manifold.Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II | Rudyard Kipling
And they constrained him, saying, "Abide with us; for it is toward evening, and the day is now far spent."His Last Week | William E. Barton
And the king saw that they pressed upon him violently: and being constrained by necessity: he delivered Daniel to them.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
There is something wanting in the man who does not hate himself whenever he is constrained to say no.The Pocket R.L.S. | Robert Louis Stevenson
But somehow both seemed constrained and troubled by thoughts which they kept from each other.The Bag of Diamonds | George Manville Fenn
British Dictionary definitions for constrained
embarrassed, unnatural, or forced: a constrained smile
- constrainedly (kənˈstreɪnɪdlɪ), adverb
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