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Synonyms for constrain
kənˈstreɪn

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. restrain, encumber, cumber, constrain(verb)

    hold back

    Synonyms:
    stiffen, restrict, trammel, keep, restrain, hold back, confine, bound, cumber, hold, tighten, encumber, tighten up, keep back, intimidate, limit, throttle

  2. stiffen, tighten, tighten up, constrain(verb)

    restrict

    "Tighten the rules"; "stiffen the regulations"

    Synonyms:
    fasten, restrain, tighten up, encumber, tighten, cumber, reduce, stiffen

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. constrain

    To compel one to an act is to secure its performance by the use of irresistible physical or moral force. Force implies primarily an actual physical process, absolutely subduing all resistance. Coerce implies the actual or potential use of so much force as may be necessary to secure the surrender of the will; the American secessionists contended that the Federal government had no right to coerce a State. Constrain implies the yielding of judgment and will, and in some cases of inclination or affection, to an overmastering power; as, "the love of Christ constraineth us," 2 Cor. v, 14. Compare DRIVE; INFLUENCE.

    See synonyms for HINDER.

    Synonyms:
    coerce, compel, drive, force, make, necessitate, oblige

    Preposition:
    The soldiers were compelled to desertion: preferably with the infinitive, compelled to desert.

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. constrain(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    compel, force, drive, oblige, coerce

  2. constrain(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    confine, restrain, inthral, hold, curb, put under restraint, keep down, keep under

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "constrain":

    restrict, limit, impede, hinder, hamper, coerce

How to pronounce constrain?

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How to use constrain in a sentence?

  1. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew:

    Our partners fear that a trade agreement with an enforceable currency discipline could constrain the ability of their monetary authorities to conduct appropriate macroeconomic policies, and that is a risk they are unwilling to take.

  2. Barry Schwartz:

    The cheer was heard all the way from Bay Street to St. Clair where I am, it's the regulators saying you're OK, you're not going to be covered under these new regulations that will force you to have more capital that will constrain your ability to grow.

  3. John Coffee:

    This will significantly constrain the NY AG's reach, yes, the AG can sue on a common law fraud theory and have six years, but then it must prove much more, including an intent to defraud.

  4. Andrew Parker:

    We must not risk the loss of mutual capability or weakening of collective effort across Europe, i don't do politics but it is of course political arrangements, laws and treaties that permit or constrain what we can do together as agencies protecting our countries and Europe.

  5. Ronald Man:

    The economic outlook for South Korea remains challenging. Household consumption growth has not recovered, while weak global demand is forecast to constrain trade.

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