Definition of straitened in English:


Syllabification: strait·ened
Pronunciation: /ˈstrātnd


  • 1Characterized by poverty: they lived in straitened circumstances
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    • Since it itself is only modestly profitable, the new company starts life in straitened circumstances.
    • Others who will be exempted from conscription are men doing service, and men in straitened family circumstances, on the basis of a report by the local administration and on application to the Defence Minister.
    • It had long been a Chamber priority to secure Cabinet-level representation for Waterford and this has been even more important during the last year given the straitened economic circumstances.
    impoverished, poverty-stricken, poor, destitute, penniless, as poor as a church mouse, in penury, impecunious, unable to make ends meet, in reduced circumstances
    informal (flat) broke, strapped (for cash)
    formal penurious
  • 2Restricted in range or scope: their straitened horizons
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    • The Wyoming refuseniks adapt themselves to these straitened circumstances with a mixture of stoicism, masochism and whimsy, and Proulx follows suit, particularly enjoying fantastical moments.
    • I still think the staleness is there and very flattering to people who actually prefer straitened horizons.
    • So it is disappointing when one British writer who can stand up to the broad-sweeping visions of international novelists has to watch a writer of more straitened horizons take the plaudits.

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