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[kuh n-strik-tiv] /kənˈstrɪk tɪv/
constricting; tending to constrict.
pertaining to constriction.
Origin of constrictive
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Late Latin constrīctīvus, equivalent to constrīct(us) (see constrict) + -īvus -ive
Related forms
nonconstrictive, adjective
unconstrictive, adjective Unabridged
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  • However, there remains a constrictive pain below the ribs, passing across the stomach with much thirst.

  • If the constrictive element be allowed to go further than giving necessary form to the Expansive element, it imprisons the latter.

    The Law and the Word Thomas Troward
  • She winced involuntarily as the spray tingled against her body and adhered with constrictive force.

    Tangle Hold F. L. Wallace
Word Origin and History for constrictive

c.1400, from Late Latin constrictivus, from Latin constrictus (see constrict).

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