- limitation or restriction.
- repression of natural feelings and impulses: to practice constraint.
- unnatural restraint in manner, conversation, etc.; embarrassment.
- something that constrains.
- the act of constraining.
- the condition of being constrained.
- Linguistics. a restriction on the operation of a linguistic rule or the occurrence of a linguistic construction.
Origin of constraint
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Examples from the Web for constraints
The real gets wrapped up in the artificial and bucks at the constraints of convention.Novelist D. Foy Dubs His Debut ‘Gutter Opera’ And Who Are We To Argue?
May 12, 2014
Matchmaking is still stuck within the constraints of numerous archaic portrayals.Professional Matchmakers Build Business on Facebook
August 5, 2013
“People are complex and have a lot of other constraints and conflicts and other things they have to do that day,” says Gruntfest.Be Afraid: The Future of Tornado Warnings
May 22, 2013
And when they break out of these constraints … no one believes them.What Lessons Can American Conservatives Take from Our British Counterparts?
March 18, 2013
It was time to loosen these constraints, let the plot freely borrow from whatever genre it pleased: adventure, Bollywood, fantasy.A Mathematically Impossible Novel: Manil Suri Explains “The City of Devi”
March 15, 2013
But humans have adapted themselves to the constraints of their own inventions.
Schiller brooded gloomily over the constraints and hardships of his situation.The Life of Friedrich Schiller
You are vigilant and self-reliant, and, pleased with this, I wish not to obtrude any restraints or constraints upon you.Our Standard-Bearer
The artists exult no less defiantly in their freedom from the constraints of fixed residence.The Civilisation of the Renaissance in Italy
Living in a time of change, this is her chance to beat the system and all the literate norms and constraints it imposes on her.
- compulsion, force, or restraint
- repression or control of natural feelings or impulses
- a forced unnatural manner; inhibition
- something that serves to constrain; restrictive conditionsocial constraints kept him silent
- linguistics any very general restriction on a sentence formation rule
Word Origin and History for constraints
late 14c., "distress, oppression," from Old French constreinte "binding, constraint, compulsion" (Modern French contrainte), fem. noun from constreint, past participle of constreindre, from Vulgar Latin *constrinctus, from Latin constrictus (see constrain). Meaning "coercion, compulsion" is from 1530s.