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[kuh n-streynd]
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  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 unconstrained

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Historical Examples

  • Its boundaries are unconstrained, and graceful, and sweeping.


    William Godwin

  • He gave her a glimpse of his unconstrained self in the low vehement “You dare!”


    Joseph Conrad

  • Nothing could be more easy and unconstrained than the air and bearing of the guests.

  • True love cannot be divided, and must be voluntary and unconstrained.

    Wit and Wisdom of Don Quixote

    Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

  • His position was easy and unconstrained, and his seat was firm.

    Tom, The Bootblack

    Horatio Alger

British Dictionary definitions for unconstrained


  1. not having any constraints
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  1. embarrassed, unnatural, or forceda constrained smile
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Derived Formsconstrainedly (kənˈstreɪnɪdlɪ), adverb
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Word Origin and History for unconstrained


1640s, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of constrain. Related: Unconstrainedly.

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