constrained

[ kuh n-streynd ]
/ kənˈstreɪnd /

adjective

forced, compelled, or obliged: a constrained confession.
stiff or unnatural; uneasy or embarrassed: a constrained manner.

Nearby words

  1. constitutionalize,
  2. constitutionally,
  3. constitutive,
  4. constr.,
  5. constrain,
  6. constraint,
  7. constrict,
  8. constriction,
  9. constriction ring,
  10. constrictive

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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British Dictionary definitions for unconstrained

unconstrained

/ (ˌʌnkənˈstreɪnd) /

adjective

not having any constraints

constrained

/ (kənˈstreɪnd) /

adjective

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

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Word Origin and History for unconstrained

unconstrained

adj.

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

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