[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 unconstrained

Contemporary Examples of unconstrained

  • Unconstrained by market pressures, private schools have been gouging their customers at a similar pace.

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    The Tuition Gouge

    David Frum

    January 30, 2012

  • This is how America likes to think of itself: unconstrained by the past, generous, adaptable, pragmatic.

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    The Cynical Bush-Clinton Show

    Lee Siegel

    January 18, 2010

Historical Examples of unconstrained

  • 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



not having any constraints



embarrassed, unnatural, or forceda constrained smile
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper