manacle


1man·a·cle

noun \ˈma-ni-kəl\

: either one of a set of two metal rings designed to lock around a person's wrists or ankles

Full Definition of MANACLE

1
:  a shackle for the hand or wrist :  handcuff —usually used in plural
2
:  something used as a restraint

Examples of MANACLE

  1. <manacles prevented the bear from roaming beyond a very small area>
  2. <the warring groups need to shake off the manacle of their troubled past and learn to live with one another in peace>

Origin of MANACLE

Middle English manicle, from Anglo-French, from Latin manicula handle, diminutive of manicae shackles, armor for the hand, from manus hand — more at manual
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Legal Terms

actionable, alienable, carceral, chattel, complicity, decedent, larceny, malfeasance, modus operandi

Rhymes with MANACLE

2manacle

verb
man·a·cledman·a·cling \-k(ə-)liŋ\

Definition of MANACLE

transitive verb
1
:  to confine (the hands) with manacles
2
:  to make fast or secure :  bind; broadly :  to restrain from movement, progress, or action

Examples of MANACLE

  1. <manacled the prisoner to the wall>
  2. <in this situation, the police are manacled by unnecessary regulations>

First Known Use of MANACLE

14th century

Other Legal Terms

actionable, alienable, carceral, chattel, complicity, decedent, larceny, malfeasance, modus operandi

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