strained
1. [ adjective ] lacking natural ease
Synonyms: laboured labored
Examples:

"a labored style of debating"

Related terms: awkward
2. [ adjective ] under great stress
Examples:

"her voice was strained as she asked the question"

Related terms: tense
3. [ adjective ] lacking spontaneity; not natural
Synonyms: forced constrained
Examples:

"a constrained smile" "forced heartiness" "a strained smile"

Related terms: affected
4. [ adjective ] struggling for effect
Synonyms: agonistic
Examples:

"agonistic poses"

Related terms: affected
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