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contracted

[kuh n-trak-tid] /kənˈtræk tɪd/
adjective
1.
drawn together; reduced in compass or size; made smaller; shrunken.
2.
condensed; abridged.
3.
(of the mind, outlook, etc.) narrow or illiberal; restricted:
a contracted view of human rights.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; contract + -ed2
Related forms
contractedly, adverb
contractedness, noun
uncontracted, adjective
well-contracted, adjective
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Word Origin and History for well-contracted
contracted
c.1600, "agreed upon," also "shrunken, shortened," pp. adj. from contract.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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