- 1Characterized by poverty: they lived in straitened circumstancesMore example sentences
impoverished, poverty-stricken, poor, destitute, penniless, on one's beam-ends, as poor as a church mouse, without a sou, dirt poor, in penury, penurious, impecunious, indigent, needy, needful, in need/want, unable to make ends meet, down and out, necessitous, beggarly, moneyless, bankrupt, in reduced circumstances; British on the breadline, without a penny (to one's name)British • informal stony broke, skint, without two pennies/farthings to rub together, in Queer StreetNorth American • informal stone broke
- 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.
- 2Restricted in range or scope: their straitened horizonsMore example sentences
- 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.