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constraint

[kuh n-streynt] /kənˈstreɪnt/
noun
1.
limitation or restriction.
2.
repression of natural feelings and impulses:
to practice constraint.
3.
unnatural restraint in manner, conversation, etc.; embarrassment.
4.
something that constrains.
5.
the act of constraining.
6.
the condition of being constrained.
7.
Linguistics. a restriction on the operation of a linguistic rule or the occurrence of a linguistic construction.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English constreinte < Middle French, noun use of feminine past participle of constreindre; see constrain
Related forms
nonconstraint, noun
Synonyms
1. force, obligation, pressure.
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Examples for constraint
  • The main advantage of online learning, in my view, is that it removes the space-time constraint.
  • Another constraint faced by large arthropods is breathing.
  • The liberty of action you prescribe is rather a necessity for me than a constraint.
  • Future reactor designs may make this easier, but for now it's a constraint.
  • When the government invests, there is no such constraint and money ends up being squandered.
  • The ultimate constraint is the amount of road space.
  • Desires that caused conflict were more likely to prompt an attempt at active self-constraint.
  • In this case, probably functional constraint on the genetic architecture.
  • These lunar-ranging experiments turn out to be an important constraint on alternative theories of gravity.
  • In many oversocialized people this results in a sense of constraint and powerlessness that can be a severe hardship.
British Dictionary definitions for constraint

constraint

/kənˈstreɪnt/
noun
1.
compulsion, force, or restraint
2.
repression or control of natural feelings or impulses
3.
a forced unnatural manner; inhibition
4.
something that serves to constrain; restrictive condition social constraints kept him silent
5.
(linguistics) any very general restriction on a sentence formation rule
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Word Origin and History for constraint
constraint
late 14c., "distress, oppression," from O.Fr. constreinte (Mod.Fr. contrainte), fem. noun from constreint, pp. of constreindre, from V.L. *constrinctus, from L. constrictus (see constrain). Meaning "coercion, compulsion" is from 1530s.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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constraint in Technology
programming, mathematics
A Boolean relation, often an equality or ineqality relation, between the values of one or more mathematical variables (often two). E.g. x>3 is a constraint on x. constraint satisfaction attempts to assign values to variables so that all constraints are true.
Usenet newsgroup: news:comp.constraints. FAQ (http://cs.unh.edu/ccc/archive/).
(2002-06-08)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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