- compelled; forced; obliged
- forced and unnatural: a constrained laugh
- The definition of constrained is forced or obligated.
An example of someone constrained is a criminal in handcuffs.
- Constrained is defined as to have held back.
An example of have constrained is to have put a criminal in handcuffs.
- simple past tense and past participle of constrain
- He snatched two more oranges before the magic constrained his movement.
- In 1752, constrained to secure some position in the world, he accepted a tutorship in a family resident in Livonia, but only retained it a few months.
- Could our modern freemasons continue to hide their watchwords and ritual, or even make a pretence of doing so, if they were constrained by public opinion to initiate every child three years of age?
- Large as this progress was it would have been much greater if the Telephone Company had been granted adequate powers to put wires underground and thus instal a complete metallic circuit in place of the single wire, earthreturn, circuit which it was constrained to employ.
- He kept on diligently collecting materials, and as he did so was constrained to modify some of the statements he had published.