constraint

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noun con·straint \kən-ˈstrānt\

Definition of constraint

  1. 1a :  the act ofconstrainingb :  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 constraint>c :  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.>

  2. 2a :  repression of one's own feelings, behavior, or actions <emotional constraint>b :  a sense of being constrained :  embarrassment <“ … a constraint between us as if we were strangers … ” — John P. Marquand>

Examples of constraint in a sentence

  1. Lack of funding has been a major constraint on the building's design.

  2. They demand freedom from constraint.

  3. They refuse to work under constraint any longer.

Origin and Etymology of constraint

Middle English, from Medieval French constrainte, from constraindre —see constrain


First Known Use: 15th century


CONSTRAINT Defined for English Language Learners

constraint

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noun con·straint \kən-ˈstrānt\

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

constraint

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noun con·straint \kən-ˈstrānt\

Definition of constraint for Students

  1. 1 :  control that limits or restricts <The committee refused to act under constraint.>

  2. 2 :  something that limits or restricts <money constraints>



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