Synonyms for constraining
- hold down
- bottle up
- cool off
- hem in
- hold back
- hold in
- keep lid on
- put half nelson on
Antonyms for constraining
- leave alone
- let go
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CONSTRAINING
The present civilisation of India has the constraining power of the mould.
It is not only the basilisk's eye that has constraining power.
In old days, political agreement was a strong and a constraining bond.
"Yes," Miss Henderson said, constraining herself to speak quietly.
Yet how many motives are there, constraining him to abide in an affirmative conclusion?
It was all a kiss, despite the constraining straps—or almost all.
Jimmy sickened suddenly, and seized her arm in a constraining grasp.
Downwards, too, its roots are stretched, constraining to action in the world of men.
"No," he said quietly, and laid a constraining hand upon her as she sat.
The songs I knew not he resumes, set free From my constraining love, alas for me!
early 14c., constreyen, from stem of Old French constreindre (Modern French contraindre) "restrain, control," from Latin constringere "to bind together, tie tightly, fetter, shackle, chain," from com- "together" (see com-) + stringere "to draw tight" (see strain (v.)). Related: Constrained; constraining.