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Dictionary Definition

constraint

Noun

1 the state of being physically constrained; "dogs should be kept under restraint" [syn: restraint]
2 a device that retards something's motion; "the car did not have proper restraints fitted" [syn: restraint]
3 the act of constraining; the threat or use of force to control the thoughts or behavior of others

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English

Pronunciation

  • /kənˈstreɪnt/, /k@n"streInt/
  • Rhymes: -eɪnt

Etymology

, from constrainte, from verb constraindre (French: contraindre)

Noun

  1. something that constrains

Translations

something that constrains

Extensive Definition

Constraint may refer to:

See also

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abnegation, abstinence, aloofness, aplomb, arrest, arrestation, backwardness, bashfulness, blankness, caging, calm, calmness, check, chilliness, circumscription, coaction, coercion, coldness, composure, compulsion, compulsiveness, confinement, conservatism, continence, control, cool, cooling, cooling down, cooling off, coolness, cramp, curb, curtailment, deceleration, denial, detachment, discipline, discreetness, discretion, dispassion, distance, drive, driving, duress, enforcement, evenness, exigency, expressionlessness, forbearance, forcing, frigidity, frostiness, frugality, gentleness, goad, golden mean, guardedness, happy medium, hindrance, iciness, impartiality, impassiveness, impassivity, impelling, impersonality, impoundment, impulse, impulsion, inaccessibility, independence, inevitability, inhibition, injunction, interdict, introversion, irresistibility, judiciousness, juste-milieu, legal restraint, lenity, lockup, meden agan, middle way, mildness, moderateness, moderation, moderationism, modesty, monopoly, motive, necessity, neutrality, nonviolence, nothing in excess, obligation, obligement, pacifism, penning, pinch, possession, press, pressure, prohibition, protection, protectionism, protective tariff, prudence, push, rash impulse, rationing, rein, remoteness, renouncement, renunciation, repose, repression, reserve, reservedness, restraint, restraint of trade, restriction, retardation, reticence, reticency, retirement, retiring disposition, retrenchment, self-abnegation, self-command, self-conquest, self-control, self-denial, self-discipline, self-government, self-mastery, self-possession, self-restraint, serenity, slowing down, soberness, sobriety, sophrosyne, spring, spur, stability, standoffishness, steadiness, stress, subduedness, suppression, tariff wall, temperance, temperateness, thought control, tranquillity, unaffability, unapproachability, uncongeniality, undemonstrativeness, unexcessiveness, unexpansiveness, unextravagance, unextremeness, urge, urgency, via media, violence, withdrawal, withdrawnness
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