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constrained
used in Moby Dick

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Definition
restricted; or lacking spontaneity

or typically archaic:  to force someone to do something
  • For with little external to constrain us, the innermost necessities in our being, these still drive us on.
    Chapters 34-36 -- The Cabin-Table; The Mast-Head; The Qarter-Deck--Ahab and all (90% in)
  • But all we said, not a word could we drag out of him; I almost felt like pushing him over, so as to change his position, for it was almost intolerable, it seemed so painfully and unnaturally constrained; especially, as in all probability he had been sitting so for upwards of eight or ten hours, going too without his regular meals.
    Chapters 16-18 -- The Ship; The Ramadan; His Mark (72% in)
  • The fetid closeness of the air, and a famishing diet, united perhaps to some fears of ultimate retribution, had constrained them to surrender at discretion.
    Chapters 52-54 -- The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (68% in)

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