limitation or restriction.
repression of natural feelings and impulses: to practice constraint.
- non·con·straint, noun
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How to use constraint in a sentence
The resulting annual bill was enormous, though USPS has skipped billions in payments since 2010, according to the USPS Office of Inspector General, citing financial constraints.Info About Local Post Office Operations Is Conflicting and Hard to Come By | Ashly McGlone and Kate Nucci | August 27, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
Some of the strongest constraints you have on those models are within the solar system, because we understand gravity so well here.
Production constraints and supply hoarding could complicate manufacturing.An Indian Company Is Gearing Up to Make Millions of Doses of a $3 Covid-19 Vaccine | Vanessa Bates Ramirez | August 12, 2020 | Singularity Hub
Researchers have been warning for months that production constraints and hoarding could limit Covid-19 vaccine supplies.Most of Africa will not have access to Covid-19 vaccines for up to a year after approval | Uwagbale Edward-Ekpu | August 6, 2020 | Quartz
The payoff was a liberating and original way of viewing your own society, denuded of its specialness and its constraints.Gender Is What You Make of It - Issue 88: Love & Sex | Charles King | August 5, 2020 | Nautilus
“They kept saying there was a time constraint, I had to make a decision,” she said.
In short, Mr. Obama feels no constraint in faithfully executing the laws as written by the Congress.The ‘Defining Issue of Our Time’ Is Obama’s Constitutional Excesses | Ron Christie | January 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Gravity is transformed from the constraint that holds us dully to Earth into the power that lets us fly.
Immigration is even less "easy", because the main constraint on foriegn doctors is not visas, but residency slots.
We need to be prudent; in an era of budget constraint, I think it will turn out that little fixes will have the greatest payoff.Should We Build Massive Flood Gates in New York Harbor? | Megan McArdle | November 5, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
In that case, Valerie, you shall suffer no constraint; you shall continue here as you have done.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
Austerity banishes familiarity from family life and engenders constraint.Friend Mac Donald | Max O'Rell
His gestures, his manner, showed trace of it in a certain constraint, a sort of hesitating distrust.The Nabob | Alphonse Daudet
At lunch Susan, between Liosha and Jaffery, became the centre of attention and saved conversation from constraint.Jaffery | William J. Locke
So, after a little constraint and coldness, he began to stand in much the same relation to him as before.Eric, or Little by Little | Frederic W. Farrar
British Dictionary definitions for constraint
compulsion, force, or restraint
repression or control of natural feelings or impulses
a forced unnatural manner; inhibition
something that serves to constrain; restrictive condition: social constraints kept him silent
linguistics any very general restriction on a sentence formation rule
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