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[ adjective ] being under moral or legal obligation

Examples

"felt bound by his promise"

Used in print

(Whit Masterson, Evil Come, Evil Go....)

When no one smiled , he felt constrained to add , `` Just kidding , natch '' .

Related terms

obligated

2
[ adjective ] lacking spontaneity; not natural

Synonyms

strained forced

Examples

"a constrained smile" "forced heartiness" "a strained smile"

Related terms

affected

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