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Synonyms and Antonyms of constraint

  1. 1 the checking of one's true feelings and impulses when dealing with others <in civilized society people do not just say or do whatever they feel like—they exercise some constraint> Synonyms continence, discipline, discretion, inhibition, refrainment, repression, reserve, restraint, self-command, self-control, self-restraint, suppression Related Words command, control, mastery, possession; self-censorship, self-containment, self-denial, self-discipline, self-government, self-mastery, will, willpower; composure, self-poise, self-possession; aloofness, detachedness, distance; bashfulness, modesty, shyness; reticence, silence, taciturnity Near Antonyms self-abandonment, uninhibitedness; unrestrainedness; gratification, indulgence, overindulgence, self-indulgence; bluntness, candor, frankness; immoderacy, intemperance Antonyms disinhibition, incontinence, unconstraint

  2. 2 something that limits one's freedom of action or choice <put legal constraints on the board's activities> Synonyms check, circumscription, condition, restriction, curb, fetter, limitation, restraint, strictureRelated Words exception, proviso, qualification, reservation, stipulation, strings; ban, prohibition, proscriptionNear Antonyms freedom, latitude

  3. 3 the use of power to impose one's will on another <parental constraint can take several different forms, including a denial of the approval that children usually seek from their parents> Synonyms arm-twisting, coercion, compulsion, force, duress, pressureRelated Words browbeating, bulldozing, bullying; fear, intimidation, menace, sword, terror, terrorism, threat, violence; squeeze, squeeze play; might, muscle, potency, puissance, strength; hardheadedness, self-will, willfulness; strain, stressNear Antonyms agreement, approval, consent, permission; convincing, persuasion, reason, suasion

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