constrain constrain  /kən ˈstreɪn/


  1. (v) hold back
  2. (v) restrict


  1. Abandonment of a so-called card check provision was an example of the power of moderate Democrats to constrain their partys more liberal legislative efforts.
  2. His move ends a long, bleak period in which the moral objections of religious conservatives were allowed to constrain the progress of a medically important science.
  3. But Fanny and Keats are modern too, and though the mores of their time constrain them, they nonetheless regard themselves as free.


  1. Glenn Greenwald Fires Back At Rep. Peter King: Won’t ‘Deter Me, Limit Me Or Constrain Me In Any Way’

    The Guardian 's Glenn Greenwald saw Rep. Peter King (R-NY) call for his arrest today on Fox News , but he is refusing to be intimidated. The reporter who broke the NSA leaks with help from Edward Snowden says King's comment are "not going to deter me or limit me or constrain me in any way from exercising my core First Amendment rights.”
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Mediaite

  2. Regulation threatens Europe's banking system: Deutsche Bank CEO

    By Edward Taylor FRANKFURT (Reuters) - An overload of global regulation threatens to stifle Europe's banking system and constrain economic growth, Deutsche Bank AG Co-Chief Executive Anshu Jain warned on Tuesday. "Over the past five years, the banking industry has reformed itself, and been reformed, at an unprecedented pace. But now, in Europe, there's a risk the pendulum may swing too far ...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News


  1. "For market discipline to be effective, market participants must not expect that lending from the Fed, or any other government support, is readily available," Paulson said in his testimony. "For market discipline to effectively constrain...
    on Jul 11, 2008 By: Henry Paulson Source: Christian Science Monitor

  2. "I do not have confidence that if she were confirmed to a lifetime position on the Supreme Court she would suddenly constrain the ardent political advocacy that has marked much of her adult life. The American people expect a justice who will...
    on Jul 2, 2010 By: Mitch McConnell Source: The Hill

  3. "Had the Supreme Court said, we want to constrain the ability of states to do this, to make sure it's done in a careful and appropriate way, that would have been one thing," said Obama. "But it basically had a blanket prohibition."
    on Jun 25, 2008 By: Barack Obama Source: Washington Post

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repudiate repudiate
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