Constraint definition

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The threat or use of force to prevent, restrict, or dictate the action or thought of others.
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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.

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Embarrassed reserve or reticence; awkwardness.
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One that restricts, limits, or regulates; a check.

Ignored all moral constraints in his pursuit of success.

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Repression of natural feelings or behavior.
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Forced, unnatural manner; awkwardness.
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Something that constrains.
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The state of being restricted or confined within prescribed bounds.

Soon tired of the constraint of military life.

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Something that constrains.
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(mathematics) A condition that a solution to an optimization problem must satisfy.
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A constraining or being constrained.
  • Confinement or restriction.
  • Compulsion or coercion.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
constraint
Plural:
constraints

Origin of constraint

  • Middle English constreinte from Old French from feminine past participle of constraindre to constrain constrain

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, from Middle French constrainte, from verb constraindre (French: contraindre).

    From Wiktionary