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tr.v. con·fined, con·fin·ing, con·fines
1. To keep within bounds; restrict: Please confine your remarks to the issues at hand. See Synonyms at limit.
2. To shut or keep in, especially to imprison.
3. To restrict in movement: The sick child was confined to bed.

[French confiner, from Old French, from confins, boundaries; see confines.]

con·fin′a·ble, con·fine′a·ble adj.
con·fin′er n.
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Adj.1.confining - restricting the scope or freedom of action
restrictive - serving to restrict; "teenagers eager to escape restrictive home environments"
2.confining - crowded; "close quarters"
confined - not free to move about


Affording little room for movement:
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Sheriff Darryl is still in his face, confiningly benign.