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  • v. Present participle of constrict.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. hindering freedom of movement.
  • adj. being reduced in width.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (of circumstances) tending to constrict freedom


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  • For in constricting the notion of "value" to mean solely a given thing or notion's ability to accommodate an end forever deferred to a hypostatized future, utilitarianism's strictly instrumental concept of rationality treats a given thing as something pure and absolute, to be sure — albeit only as "absolute for an other."

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  • The couple also pour cold water on the idea of constricting the Scottish Government's options with regard to income tax bands.

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  • Fathers in this piece are "constricting" influences on their daughters.

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  • "Otherwise, we are guaranteeing that our financial institutions will be placed in the untenable situation of competing with international institutions whose host countries refuse to be burdened by the same constricting framework which we so readily heaved upon ourselves," Sen. Hatch said in a letter sent to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on Friday, days before international finance ministers are set to meet in Washington.

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  • Nicknamed "the goddess of tennis," the six-time Wimbledon champ sipped brandy between sets and challenged constricting tournament dress codes with shorter clothing that allowed her to move more freely on the court.

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  • The bands constricting my chest made breathing difficult.

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  • What seemed too dull and constricting a mere fifteen years ago now looks luxurious, like those huge gas-guzzling cars with all that chrome and the tuck-and-roll seats.

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  • If American guidelines for grief have narrowed our own repertoire of responses to loss, they will prove even more constricting to the rest of the world.

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  • Lungs crushed beneath a constricting shell of frost.

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  • Ms. Galante said the agency is focused on minimizing any losses without constricting housing markets that are "still stressed."

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