Definition of constrain:
fasten, keep back, keep, restrain, force, coerce, throttle, free, stiffen, cumber, tighten up, rein, intimidate, trammel, hold, limit, bit, encumber, pressure, hold back, study at force, bound, tighten, attack, hold in, restraint, pull in, drive, stifle, hold down, make, reduce.
- restrain (part of speech: verb)
- prohibit (part of speech: verb)
- stabilize (part of speech: verb)
- subordinate (part of speech: verb)
- oblige (part of speech: verb)
- require (part of speech: verb)
hinder (part of speech: verb)
The Lex de maritandis ordinibus attempted by various penalties and promises to constrain the members of the aristocracy to contract marriage and to found a family, thus combatting the increasing inclination to celibacy and sterility.- "The Women of the Caesars", Guglielmo Ferrero.
- "The Bertrams", Anthony Trollope.
Still further to constrain the brute force of the people, they deem it necessary to keep them down by hard labor, poverty, and ignorance, and to take from them, as from bees, so much of their earnings, as that unremitting labor shall be necessary to obtain a sufficient surplus barely to sustain a scanty and miserable life.- "Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson", Thomas Jefferson.