- 1Severely restrict the scope, extent, or activity of: agricultural development is considerably constrained by climate we can constrain data accessMore example sentences
- Both the academic and health care communities have been severely constrained in maintaining access to newly-published information.
- 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.
- It signals an opportunity to escape from your normal routine and experience activities ordinarily constrained by employment restrictions.
- 1.1Compel or force (someone) toward a particular course of action: children are constrained to work in the way the book dictatesMore example sentences
- She was not constrained to follow His passage, but made a devastating beeline to wherever she thought she could pin Him down, only to discover in every instance that He was already gone.
- We are constrained to apply only reasonable force when we, our families, or our property is attacked.
- 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.
- 1.2 (usually as adjective constrained) Cause to appear unnaturally forced, typically because of embarrassment: he was acting in a constrained mannerMore example sentences
- The reading up is the exercise which we say leaves the Court in the unchartered sea because it has no criteria by which to know how to expand a power which appears to have been given in constrained terms.
- Our observational abilities are surely constrained yet they correspond to our real world.
- They clearly care for each other deeply, but there is still a constrained sadness that shows they have sacrificed everything - their homes, their families and even their safety - in order to be together.
- 1.3 • literary Confine forcibly; imprison.More example sentences
- He would hate being confined, constrained and any love he had for her would change over time if she asked that of him.
- Help me, O God, to scrub away the guilt, to flush away the regrets, to polish and oil the rusty hinges that constrain my spirit.
- I will constrain my heart against my liking, save that I will not delude him with false hopes.
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- In its nominally extended position each leg resistingly and constrainedly permits further extension and compression.
- In episodes that refer to two of his paintings and a detail from a third, she starts as a woman in a long, green dress, stretching and curling constrainedly on a chair.
- Prudence wisely discerns the good, justice rightly does the good, temperance constrainedly loves the good, fortitude bravely keeps you good.
Middle English: from Old French constraindre, from Latin constringere 'bind tightly together'.