An example of a constraint is the fact that there are only so many hours in a day to accomplish things.
Ignored all moral constraints in his pursuit of success.
Soon tired of the constraint of military life.
- Confinement or restriction.
- Compulsion or coercion.
Other Word Forms
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).