Definition of constraint in English:

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Pronunciation: /kənˈstreɪnt/


1A limitation or restriction: time constraints make it impossible to do everything the availability of water is the main constraint on food production
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  • Such constraints restrict the effectiveness of all humanitarian interventions.
  • Some of the externally imposed limitations and constraints on our actions are evident to us.
  • Foundation trusts will be subject to fewer checks and constraints over their actions.
restriction, limitation, curb, check, restraint, control, curtailment, damper, rein;
1.1 [mass noun] Stiffness of manner and inhibition in relations between people: they would be able to talk without constraint
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  • Then you help the person develop strategies to overcome that social constraint.
  • How good it would feel to be without constraint to spread the good news of the gospel to those who never saw the need for it.
  • If a king is seeking freedom from constraint through disguise, the greatest freedom is to be had through disguising himself as a beggar.
inhibition, uneasiness, embarrassment;
restraint, reservedness, reticence, guardedness, formality, stand-offishness;
self-consciousness, awkwardness, forcedness, unnaturalness, woodenness, stiltedness


Late Middle English (in the sense 'coercion'): from Old French constreinte, feminine past participle of constraindre (see constrain).

Words that rhyme with constraint

acquaint, ain't, attaint, complaint, distraint, faint, feint, paint, plaint, quaint, restraint, saint, taint

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