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constrain (one) from (doing something)

To prevent or hinder one from doing something. For years, stage fright constrained me from singing in public.
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constrain someone from doing something

to prevent someone from doing something; to hold someone back from doing something. I hope this doesn't constrain you from trying out for the play. His handicap did not constrain him from finishing the race.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The first of these dilemmas may be called, borrowing from Ibn Khaldun and Albert Hourani, an 'asabiyya dilemma: a condition where society is composed of different segments, each with its own 'asabiyya (solidarity) and its specific vision and definition of the territorial entity.(16) The 'asabiyya dilemma is a primary security imperative constraining and shaping the regime's survival policies.
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As scientists move outside their original scientific communities, social pressures are less constraining. This leaves scientists more open to conversion.
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The ultra-thin materials are made by constraining viscoelastic pressure sensitive adhesives between metal foils.
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