- 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.
- They were, as Milton said, " faithful and freeborn Englishmen and good Christians constrained to forsake their dearest home, their friends, and kindred, whom nothing but the wide ocean and the savage deserts of America could hide and shelter from the fury of the bishops."