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ligature

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of ligature

  1. 1 something that physically prevents free movement <the surgeon tied a ligature around the tube to keep it in place> Synonyms band, bind, bracelet, chain, cuff(s), fetter, handcuff(s), irons, bond, manacle(s), shackleRelated Words captivity, confinement, constraint, curb, enchainment, enslavement, hindrance, immurement, imprisonment, incarceration, restraint, restriction; entanglement, net, trammel, trap; collar, straitjacket (also straightjacket); fastener, hobble, hold, hold-down, holding, tie

  2. 2 a uniting or binding force or influence <a common language is often the ligature that unites the people of a nation> Synonyms cement, cord, knot, bond, link, tieRelated Words attachment, connection, fastening, hookup, joint, linkage, linkup, nexus, tie-up, union, yoke; affection, fondness, sympathy; fetter, handcuff, manacle, shackle, trammel; constraint, curb, hampering, limit, limitation, restraint, restrictionNear Antonyms detaching, disengaging, parting, separation; unbinding, unfastening, unfettering, untying (or untieing); emancipation, freedom, liberation, release





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