well contracted


drawn together; reduced in compass or size; made smaller; shrunken.
condensed; abridged.
(of the mind, outlook, etc.) narrow or illiberal; restricted: a contracted view of human rights.

1540–50; contract + -ed2

contractedly, adverb
contractedness, noun
uncontracted, adjective
well-contracted, adjective
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Word Origin & History

c.1600, "agreed upon," also "shrunken, shortened," pp. adj. from contract.
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contract con·tract (kən-trākt', kŏn'trākt')
v. con·tract·ed, con·tract·ing, con·tracts

  1. To reduce in size by drawing together.

  2. To become reduced in size by or as if by being drawn together, as the pupil of the eye.

  3. To acquire or incur by contagion or infection.

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contract definition

A legally binding agreement between two or more parties.

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