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constraint

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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
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2 something that limits one's freedom of action or choice

  • put legal constraints on the board's activities
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3 the use of power to impose oneʼs will on another

  • parental constraint can take several different forms, including a denial of the approval that children usually seek from their parents
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