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strained

[streynd] /streɪnd/
adjective
1.
affected or produced by effort; not natural or spontaneous; forced:
strained hospitality.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see strain1, -ed2
Related forms
strainedly
[streynd-lee, strey-nid-] /ˈstreɪnd li, ˈstreɪ nɪd-/ (Show IPA),
adverb
strainedness, noun
well-strained, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for well-strained

strained

/streɪnd/
adjective
1.
(of an action, performance, etc) not natural or spontaneous
2.
(of an atmosphere, relationship, etc) not relaxed; tense
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