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constrained

[ kuhn-streynd ]
/ kənˈstreɪnd /
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adjective
forced, compelled, or obliged: a constrained confession.
stiff or unnatural; uneasy or embarrassed: a constrained manner.
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Origin of constrained

First recorded in 1565–75; constrain + -ed2

OTHER WORDS FROM constrained

con·strain·ed·ly [kuhn-strey-nid-lee], /kənˈstreɪ nɪd li/, adverbun·con·strained, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for constrained

constrained
/ (kənˈstreɪnd) /

adjective
embarrassed, unnatural, or forceda constrained smile

Derived forms of constrained

constrainedly (kənˈstreɪnɪdlɪ), adverb
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