constraint

[kuhn-streynt]
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; Middle English constreinte < Middle French, noun use of feminine past participle of constreindre; see constrain

nonconstraint, noun


1. force, obligation, pressure.
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constraint (kənˈstreɪnt)
 
n
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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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.
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CONSTRAINTS definition


A language for solving constraints using value inference.
["CONSTRAINTS: A Language for Expressing Almost-Hierarchical Descriptions", G.J. Sussman et al, Artif Intell 14(1):1-39 (Aug 1980)].
(1994-11-01)
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Example sentences
Officials say they are frustrated by political constraints.
The reality is that these priorities cannot always be met, and one of the main
  constraints is financial.
Copper prices have also been boosted by supply constraints.
Our problem is to ensure that each judge obeys the constraints but without our
  knowing how that judge voted.
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