[kuh n-trak-tid]


drawn together; reduced in compass or size; made smaller; shrunken.
condensed; abridged.
(of the mind, outlook, etc.) narrow or illiberal; restricted: a contracted view of human rights.

Origin of contracted

First recorded in 1540–50; contract + -ed2
Related formscon·tract·ed·ly, adverbcon·tract·ed·ness, nounun·con·tract·ed, adjectivewell-con·tract·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for uncontracted

Historical Examples of uncontracted

  • The name in its uncontracted form, Sigismondi, is also found in Italy.

    Surnames as a Science

    Robert Ferguson

  • Anger is not easily simulated with an unclenched fist, immovable feet, and uncontracted brow.

  • Tarboe had been in the business for under two years, yet here he was left all the property with uncontracted power.

  • In this line, as in 51, note the mixture of contracted and uncontracted participles.

Word Origin and History for uncontracted



c.1600, "agreed upon," also "shrunken, shortened," past participle adjective from contract (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper