constricted

If something is constricted, it's squeezed or inhibited in some way. If your neck is constricted by turtleneck sweaters, you might feel more comfortable in a sweatshirt.

There are a couple of different ways to be constricted. When someone has a serious allergic reaction to shellfish or peanuts, their constricted throat, which is swelling and narrowing, requires immediate medical treatment. If you're constricted by your seat mates on an airplane, you simply feel like you don't have enough room to move around freely. You can also be constricted more figuratively: "I feel so constricted by my curfew — I can't stay out past 8 p.m. on school nights."

Definitions of constricted
  1. adjective
    drawn together or squeezed physically or by extension psychologically
    “a constricted blood vessel”
    “a constricted view of life”
    Synonyms:
    narrowed
    made narrow; limited in breadth
    pinched
    as if squeezed uncomfortably tight
    stenosed, stenotic
    abnormally constricted body canal or passage
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    Antonyms:
    unconstricted
    not constricted physically or by extension psychologically
    open
    without undue constriction as from e.g. tenseness or inhibition
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  2. adjective
    especially tense; especially in some dialects
    Synonyms:
    tense
    pronounced with relatively tense tongue muscles (e.g., the vowel sound in `beat')
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