Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “constrained”

constrained

adjective uk   /kənˈstreɪnd/ us  
constrained to do sth forced to do something against your will: Don't feel constrained to do what he says - he's got no authority.Duty, obligation and responsibility describes behaviour that is forced and unnatural: a constrained voice/mannerAffected and insincere
(Definition of constrained from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of constrained?
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Duty, obligation and responsibility, but you might be interested in these topics from the Causing and forcing topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More meanings of “constrained”

Definitions of “constrained” in other dictionaries

Translations of “constrained”

Word of the Day

nip

to press something quickly and quite hard between two objects, especially sharp objects such as teeth or nails

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More