- When high taxes prevent hiring of new employees, this is an example of when the tax policy stifled the job market.
- When your significant other is too obsessed with you, calling you and constantly showing up at your house and never letting you pause to take a breath or have any space, this is an example of when you are stifled.
Stifled is defined as constrained, or smothered or made to be unable to breath, either literally or figuratively.
(comparative more stifled, superlative most stifled)
- simple past tense and past participle of stifle