[kuh n-streynd]


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 formscon·strain·ed·ly [kuh n-strey-nid-lee] /kənˈstreɪ nɪd li/, adverbun·con·strained, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for constrainedly

Historical Examples of constrainedly

  • "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.

  • At last he said, constrainedly, "You speak that which is not."

    Friendship and Folly

    Maria Louise Pool

British Dictionary definitions for constrainedly



embarrassed, unnatural, or forceda constrained smile
Derived Formsconstrainedly (kənˈstreɪnɪdlɪ), adverb
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