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constrain

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of constrain

  1. 1 to cause (a person) to give in to pressure constrained by conscience to tell only the truth Synonyms of constrain blackjack, coerce, compel, force, dragoon, drive, impel, impress, make, muscle, obligate, oblige, press, pressure, sandbagWords Related to constrain browbeat, bulldoze, bully, cow, hector, intimidate; blackmail, high-pressure, menace, shame, terrorize, threaten; drag; badger, harass, houndNear Antonyms of constrain allow, let, permit; argue, convince, induce, move, persuade, prevail (on or upon), satisfy, talk (into), win (over)

  2. 2 to keep from exceeding a desirable degree or level (as of expression) constrained his anger at the needless interruption Synonyms of constrain bridle, check, control, contain, curb, govern, hold, inhibit, keep, measure, pull in, regulate, rein (in), restrain, rule, tameWords Related to constrain bottle (up), choke (back), hold back, mince, muffle, pocket, repress, sink, smother, squelch, stifle, strangle, suppress, swallow; arrest, interrupt, stop; block, hamper, handcuff, hinder, impede, obstruct; gag, muzzle, silenceNear Antonyms of constrain liberate, loose, loosen, unleash; air, express, take out, ventAntonyms of constrain lose

Synonym Discussion of constrain

force, compel, coerce, constrain, oblige mean to make someone or something yield. force is the general term and implies the overcoming of resistance by the exertion of strength, power, or duress.
    • forced to flee for their lives
compel typically suggests overcoming of resistance or unwillingness by an irresistible force.
    • compelled to admit my mistake
coerce suggests overcoming resistance or unwillingness by actual or threatened violence or pressure.
    • coerced into signing over the rights
constrain suggests the effect of a force or circumstance that limits freedom of action or choice.
    • constrained by conscience
oblige implies the constraint of necessity, law, or duty.
    • felt obliged to go


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