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Verb: constrain  kun'streyn
  1. Compel to behave in a certain way
    "duty constrains one to act often contrary to one's desires or inclinations";
    - enforce, impose
     
  2. To close within bounds, or otherwise limit or deprive of free movement
    - restrain, confine, hold
     
  3. Severely restrict in scope or extent
    - stiffen, tighten, tighten up

Derived forms: constrains, constrained, constraining

Type of: bound, compel, confine, disable, disenable, incapacitate, limit, obligate, oblige, restrict, throttle, trammel

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