- The definition of a constraint is something that imposes a limit or restriction or that prevents something from occurring.
An example of a constraint is the fact that there are only so many hours in a day to accomplish things.
- a constraining or being constrained; specif.,
- confinement or restriction
- compulsion or coercion
- repression of natural feelings or behavior
- forced, unnatural manner; awkwardness
- something that constrains
Origin: Middle English constreinte ; from OFr: see constrain
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- The threat or use of force to prevent, restrict, or dictate the action or thought of others.
- The state of being restricted or confined within prescribed bounds: soon tired of the constraint of military life.
- One that restricts, limits, or regulates; a check: ignored all moral constraints in his pursuit of success.
- Embarrassed reserve or reticence; awkwardness: “All constraint had vanished between the two, and they began to talk” (Edith Wharton).
Origin: Middle English constreinte, from Old French, from feminine past participle of constraindre, to constrain; see constrain.