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 Meanings and Examples of CONSTRAIN
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constrain
 v.  restrain; keep within close bounds; confine
Classic Sentence: (33 in 3 pages)
1  For with little external to constrain us, the innermost necessities in our being, these still drive us on.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 36. The Quarter-Deck.
2  But I constrain no man to converse or to feed with him.
Ivanhoe By Walter Scott
Get Context   In CHAPTER V
3  To constrain men to any thing inconvenient doth seem unreasonable.
Second Treatise of Government By John Locke
Get Context   In CHAPTER XI
4  Then he felt constrained to intimate that with all that he had nothing to do, seeing that his business was merely to acquire a few souls, and thereafter to have their purchase confirmed.
Dead Souls By Nikolai Gogol
Get Context   In PART 2: CHAPTER III
5  I'll tell you what, my dear fellow," said Prince Andrew, who evidently also felt depressed and constrained with his visitor, "I am only bivouacking here and have just come to look round.
War and Peace(V2) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In BOOK 5: CHAPTER XI
6  After five minutes of irksome, constrained conversation, they heard the sound of slippered feet rapidly approaching.
War and Peace(V3) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In BOOK 8: CHAPTER VII
7  This pleased her, yet his presence made her feel constrained and oppressed.
War and Peace(V3) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In BOOK 8: CHAPTER X
8  He had approached the shed full of animation, but on seeing Prince Andrew's face he felt constrained and ill at ease.
War and Peace(V4) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In BOOK 10: CHAPTER XXIV
9  Her sombre violence constrained him: she seemed the embodied instrument of fate.
Ethan Frome By Edith Wharton
Get Context   In IX
10  The fetid closeness of the air, and a famishing diet, united perhaps to some fears of ultimate retribution, had constrained them to surrender at discretion.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 54. The Town-Ho's Story.
11  The photographer came out and gave a constrained, apologetic laugh.
My Antonia By Willa Cather
Get Context   In BOOK 4. The Pioneer Woman's Story: II
12  David, though he regarded his treasure with longing eyes, was constrained to answer, especially as the venerable father took a part in the interrogatories, with an interest too imposing to be denied.
The Last of the Mohicans By James Fenimore Cooper
Get Context   In CHAPTER 22
13  Whatever may have been his desire to remain where he was, he could not halt there, he was irresistibly constrained to continue, to advance, to examine, to think, to march further.
Les Misérables (V3) By Victor Hugo
Get Context   In BOOK 4: CHAPTER VI—RES ANGUSTA
14  But one thing remains for you to do: to think of her so intently that she is constrained to think of you.
Les Misérables (V4) By Victor Hugo
Get Context   In BOOK 5: CHAPTER IV—A HEART BENEATH A STONE
15  One of his anxieties consisted in being constrained to think.
Les Misérables (V5) By Victor Hugo
Get Context   In BOOK 4: CHAPTER I—JAVERT
Example Sentence:
1  His idea is to constrain commercial banks' lending.
2  Financial factors should not constrain doctors from prescribing the best treatment for patients.
3  The evidence was so compelling that he felt constrained to accept it.
4  I feel constrained to write and ask for your forgiveness.
5  The company said that it was constrained to raise prices.
6  Cold weather constrained the plant's growth.
7  Women are too often constrained by family commitments and by low expectations.
8  Changes in temperature occur slowly and are constrained within relatively tight bounds.
9  It is true for intra-generational talk as well that speakers are not constrained to use Creole to respond to a Creole utterance.
10  Worker mobility also appears to be constrained by rapid urbanization which has resulted in exorbitant urban housing prices and rents.
11  The power of either Russia or China to act independently from the United States is constrained by their economic dependence on the world's remaining superpower.
12  Meanwhile, NASA does not even know whether conventionally driven ships are allowed by budget constrains