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Bible Usage:


  • Included in Eastons: No
  • Included in Hitchcocks: No
  • Included in Naves: No
  • Included in Smiths: No
  • Included in Websters: Yes
  • Included in Strongs: Yes
  • Included in Thayers: Yes
  • Included in BDB: No

Strongs Concordance:


Webster's 1828 Dictionary

CONSTRAIN, verb transitive [Latin , to strain, to bind. See Strain.] In a general sense, to strain; to press; to urge; to drive; to exert force, physical or moral, either in urging to action or in restraining it. Hence,

1. To compel or force; to urge with irresistible power, or with a power sufficient to produce the effect.

The spirit within me constraineth me. Job 32:18.

I was constrained to appeal to Caesar. Acts 28:19.

For the love of Christ constraineth us. 2 Corinthians 5:14.

2. To confine by fore; to restrain from escape or action; to repress.

My sire in caves constrains the winds.

3. To hold by force; to press; to confine.

How the strait stays the slender waist constrain

4. To constringe; to bind.

When winter frosts constrain the field with cold.

5. To tie fast; to bind; to chain; to confine.

He binds in chains the drowsy prophet, and his limbs constrains.

6. To necessitate.

Did fate or we the adulterous act constrain?

7. To force; to ravish. [Not used.]

8. To produce in opposition to nature; as a constrained voice; constrained notes.

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

CONSTRAINABLE, adjective That may be constrained, forced, or repressed; liable to constraint, or to restraint.

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

CONSTRAINED, participle passive Urged irresistibly or powerfully; compelled; forced; restrained; confined; bound; imprisoned; necessitated.

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

CONSTRAINEDLY, adverb By constraint; by compulsion.

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

CONSTRAINER, noun One who constrains.

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

CONSTRAINING, participle present tense Urging with irresistible or powerful force; compelling; forcing; repressing; confining; holding by force; pressing; binding.

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

CONSTRAINT, noun Irresistible force, or its effect; any force, or power, physical or moral, which compels to act or to forbear action, or which urges so strongly as to produce its effect upon the body or mind; compulsion; restraint; confinement.

Not by constraint but by my choice, I came.

Feed the flock of God, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint but willingly. 1 Peter 5:2.

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

CONSTRAINTIVE, adjective Having power to compel.