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something that makes movement or progress difficult
  • students and parents who want to throw off the trammels of outdated school policies

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Synonyms & Antonyms of trammel (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to confine or restrain with or as if with chains
  • years after his death, she was still trammeled by inconsolable grief for her deceased husband

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2 to create difficulty for the work or activity of
  • the new paperwork requirements will only trammel us and lower our productivity

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How does the verb trammel contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of trammel are clog, fetter, hamper, manacle, and shackle. While all these words mean "to hinder or impede in moving, progressing, or acting," trammel suggests entangling by or confining within a net.

rules that trammel the artist's creativity

In what contexts can clog take the place of trammel?

The meanings of clog and trammel largely overlap; however, clog usually implies a slowing by something extraneous or encumbering.

a court system clogged by frivolous suits

When is it sensible to use fetter instead of trammel?

Although the words fetter and trammel have much in common, fetter suggests a restraining so severe that freedom to move or progress is almost lost.

a nation fettered by an antiquated class system

When is hamper a more appropriate choice than trammel?

The words hamper and trammel are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, hamper may imply the effect of any impeding or restraining influence.

hampered the investigation by refusing to cooperate

How is shackle related to other words for trammel?

Both shackle and manacle are stronger than fetter and suggest total loss of freedom.

a mind shackled by stubborn prejudice

a people manacled by tyranny

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“Trammel.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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