Definition of constraint
1a : the act of constrainingb : the state of being checked, restricted, or compelled to avoid or perform some action … the constraint and monotony of a monastic life … — Matthew Arnold a life of invalidism and constraintc : a constraining condition, agency, or force : check put legal constraints on the board's activities Budget constraints have forced me to revise my travel plans.
2a : repression of one's own feelings, behavior, or actions emotional constraintb : a sense of being constrained : embarrassment “ … a constraint between us as if we were strangers … ” — John P. Marquand
Examples of constraint in a sentence
Lack of funding has been a major constraint on the building's design.
They demand freedom from constraint.
They refuse to work under constraint any longer.
Origin and Etymology of constraint
Middle English, from Middle French constrainte, from constraindre —see constrain
First Known Use: 15th century
CONSTRAINT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of constraint for English Language Learners
: something that limits or restricts someone or something
: control that limits or restricts someone's actions or behavior
CONSTRAINT Defined for Kids
Definition of constraint for Students
1 : control that limits or restricts The committee refused to act under constraint.
2 : something that limits or restricts money constraints
Learn More about constraint
See words that rhyme with constraint Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for constraint Spanish Central: Translation of constraint Nglish: Translation of constraint for Spanish speakers Britannica English: Translation of constraint for Arabic speakers Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about constraint
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up constraint? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).