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Dictionary definition for: Strained

1. (s) lacking natural ease; "a labored style of debating"

2. (s) under great stress; "her voice was strained as she asked the question"

3. (s) lacking spontaneity; not natural; "a constrained smile" "forced heartiness" "a strained smile"

4. (s) struggling for effect; "agonistic poses"

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