[kuh n-strik-tiv]


constricting; tending to constrict.
pertaining to constriction.

Origin of constrictive

1375–1425; late Middle English < Late Latin constrīctīvus, equivalent to constrīct(us) (see constrict) + -īvus -ive
Related formsnon·con·stric·tive, adjectiveun·con·stric·tive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for constrictive

Contemporary Examples of constrictive

Historical Examples of constrictive

  • However, there remains a constrictive pain below the ribs, passing across the stomach with much thirst.

  • If the Constrictive element be allowed to go further than giving necessary form to the Expansive element, it imprisons the latter.

    The Law and the Word

    Thomas Troward

  • She winced involuntarily as the spray tingled against her body and adhered with constrictive force.

    Tangle Hold

    F. L. Wallace

Word Origin and History for constrictive

c.1400, from Late Latin constrictivus, from Latin constrictus (see constrict).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper