1) N-COUNT: oft adj N, N on n A constraint is something that limits or controls what you can do.

Their decision to abandon the trip was made because of financial constraints...

Water shortages in the area will be the main constraint on development.

2) N-UNCOUNT Constraint is control over the way you behave which prevents you from doing what you want to do.

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  • constraint — [n1] force a must*, coercion, compulsion, driving, duress, goad, hang up*, impelling, impulsion, monkey*, motive, necessity, no no*, pressure, repression, restraint, spring, spur, suppression, violence; concepts 14,121 constraint [n2] shyness… …   New thesaurus

  • constraint — late 14c., distress, oppression, from O.Fr. constreinte binding, constraint, compulsion (Mod.Fr. contrainte), fem. noun from constreint, pp. of constreindre, from V.L. *constrinctus, from L. constrictus (see CONSTRAIN (Cf. constrain)). Meaning… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Constraint — Constraint. См. Реакция связи. (Источник: «Металлы и сплавы. Справочник.» Под редакцией Ю.П. Солнцева; НПО Профессионал , НПО Мир и семья ; Санкт Петербург, 2003 г.) …   Словарь металлургических терминов

  • constraint — I (imprisonment) noun act of keeping in, apprehension, arrest, bondage, bonds, bounds, captivity, care, charge, commitment, confinement, containment, control, custodianship, custody, detainment, detention, encincture, enclosure, enthrallment,… …   Law dictionary

  • constraint — compulsion, coercion, duress, restraint, *force, violence Analogous words: suppression, repression (see corresponding verbs at SUPPRESS): impelling or impulsion, driving or drive (see corresponding verbs at MOVE): goad, spur, *motive, spring:… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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