One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
constricting, contracting, constrictive, stypticView synonyms
- ‘Old World regions, such as France and Italy, have to follow what are in some cases extremely constringent laws.’
- ‘Water in which alum is dissolved, has indeed a constringent effect upon the animal fibre.’
- ‘That the cold of water is naturally constringent is evident from snow, which keeps flesh from corrupting a long time.’
- ‘Try a deep well, or a conservatory of snow, where the cold may be more constringent.’
- ‘Taxation is France is very constringent for the entrepreneurs.’
Early 16th century: from Latin constringent- ‘binding together’, from the verb constringere (see constrain).
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