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constrained

[kuh n-streynd]
adjective
  1. forced, compelled, or obliged: a constrained confession.
  2. stiff or unnatural; uneasy or embarrassed: a constrained manner.
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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
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Examples from the Web for constrainedly

Historical Examples

  • "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

constrained

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