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constrain

[kuh n-streyn] /kənˈstreɪn/
verb (used with object)
1.
to force, compel, or oblige:
He was constrained to admit the offense.
2.
to confine forcibly, as by bonds.
3.
to repress or restrain:
Cold weather constrained the plant's growth.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English constrei(g)nen < Anglo-French, Middle French constrei(g)n- (stem of constreindre) < Latin constringere. See con-, strain1
Related forms
constrainable, adjective
constrainer, noun
constrainingly, adverb
nonconstraining, adjective
unconstrainable, adjective
unconstraining, adjective
Can be confused
coerce, compel, constrain, force, oblige (see synonym study at oblige)
Synonyms
1. coerce. 2. check, bind.
Antonyms
2. free.
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constrain

/kənˈstreɪn/
verb (transitive)
1.
to compel or force, esp by persuasion, circumstances, etc; oblige
2.
to restrain by or as if by force; confine
Derived Forms
constrainer, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French constreindre, from Latin constringere to bind together, from stringere to bind
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Word Origin and History for un-constrainable

constrain

v.

early 14c., constreyen, from stem of Old French constreindre (Modern French contraindre) "restrain, control," from Latin constringere "to bind together, tie tightly, fetter, shackle, chain," from com- "together" (see com-) + stringere "to draw tight" (see strain (v.)). Related: Constrained; constraining.

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