Adjective "constrained" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Compel or force (someone) to follow a particular course of action.
  1. 'I was working on how, as a lesbian, I felt I was constrained to wear a uniform, which was something I had resisted all my life.'
  2. 'He argues that the main plot of the post-Stalin years was the waning of administrative pressure, but his sources constrain him to tell the story of reforms.'
  3. 'I am constrained, however, to require repayment only at the time this proceeding is resolved either by settlement or trial.'
  4. 'We are constrained to apply only reasonable force when we, our families, or our property is attacked.'
  5. 'It is not just that we are free to kill other people; market freedom constrains us to do so.'
  6. 'May the Lord graciously grant us this holy faith and the love for Christ that rises from it - a love that is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit, constraining us to lean on him alone.'
  7. 'However, I am constrained to view, with great disquiet, some aspects of these plans.'
  8. 'As opposed to the presentation of the piccolo concerto, the suite was interpreted with a much nobler and constrained tone.'
  9. 'But while he enjoyed the attention that comes with having a number one single, a talent like him clearly chafed at the constrained expectations of a pop star.'
  10. 'Certainly he is more believable when he's doing anger and hardness than when he deploys his constrained smile.'
  11. 'The row of urinals is a strange world where the constrained norms of social behaviour are abandoned.'
  12. '‘Those civil servants should get a taste of reality,’ a voice on the radio phone-in show quivers with barely constrained rage.'
  13. 'Directed or telic group behaviour doesn't allow the full spectrum of social language because it's constrained.'
  14. 'You hear the Democratic point of view, but you also hear the Republican point of view, usually in a constrained, civil exchange in which each person is allowed to fully expound on the issue at hand.'
  15. 'agricultural development is considerably constrained by climate'
  16. 'Whereas such activities had been constrained in their locations by rail, and in some cases, water transport, the highways have rendered them more footloose.'
  17. 'But until the group gets its borrowings down, its scope for further expansion and investment will be severely constrained.'
  18. 'Without a vibrant financial services' sector the ability of the economy to thrive is severely constrained.'
  19. 'By the second half of the nineteenth century the lack of a dependable water supply, underscored by frequent drought, was recognized as severely constraining the Cape Colony's agricultural development.'
  20. 'As a result, domestic laws and policies in a wide range of areas need to be changed to make them compliant with these rules, even though this will severely restrict or constrain possible policy options in many areas.'
  21. 'Some of the recommendations which await council approval are the deregulation of red-tape and restrictive by-laws constraining economic activity in the city.'
  22. 'The cumulative effect of these sites would be to reduce the flexibility and severely constrain the safe and efficient operation of the airspace.'
  23. 'Students are awarded university scholarships on a competitive basis, but lack of funding severely constrains the universities.'
  24. 'Social housing is often reduced to mere programme, but since space standards are regulated and budgets constrained, the scope for innovation tends to be limited.'
  25. 'The bureaucracy promotes political equality and, to a limited extent, constrains economic inequality.'
  26. 'the walls are high, the gates are strong, but true love never yet was thus constrained'
  27. 'He would hate being confined, constrained and any love he had for her would change over time if she asked that of him.'

More definitions

1. forced, compelled, or obliged: a constrained confession.

2. stiff or unnatural; uneasy or embarrassed: a constrained manner.

More examples(as adjective)

"sides can be constrained by tensions."

"likelies can be constrained during halves."

"somes can be constrained by lacks."

"sales can be constrained by timings."

"productions can be constrained by leaks."

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Middle English: from Old French constraindre, from Latin constringere ‘bind tightly together’.