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strained

[ streynd ]
/ streɪnd /
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adjective

affected or produced by effort; not natural or spontaneous; forced: strained hospitality.

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Origin of strained

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at strain1, -ed2

OTHER WORDS FROM strained

strained·ly [streynd-lee, strey-nid-], /ˈstreɪnd li, ˈstreɪ nɪd-/, adverbstrainedness, nounwell-strained, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for strained

strained
/ (streɪnd) /

adjective

(of an action, performance, etc) not natural or spontaneous
(of an atmosphere, relationship, etc) not relaxed; tense
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