Definitions for Constraintkənˈstreɪnt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. limitation or restriction.

  2. repression of natural feelings and impulses.

  3. unnatural restraint in manner; embarrassment.

  4. something that constrains.

  5. the act of constraining.

  6. the condition of being constrained.

Origin of constraint:

1350–1400; ME constreinte < MF, n. use of fem. ptp. of constreindre; see constrain

Princeton's WordNet

  1. constraint, restraint(noun)

    the state of being physically constrained

    "dogs should be kept under restraint"

  2. restraint, constraint(noun)

    a device that retards something's motion

    "the car did not have proper restraints fitted"

  3. constraint(noun)

    the act of constraining; the threat or use of force to control the thoughts or behavior of others

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. constraint(noun)ənˈstreɪnt

    sth that limits; = restriction

    constraints on spending; time constraints; freedom without constraint


  1. constraint(Noun)

    Something that constrains.

  2. constraint(Noun)

    A condition that a solution to an optimization problem must satisfy.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Constraint(noun)

    the act of constraining, or the state of being constrained; that which compels to, or restrains from, action; compulsion; restraint; necessity


  1. Constraint

    In mathematics, a constraint is a condition that a solution to an optimization problem is required by the problem itself to satisfy. There are two types of constraints: equality constraints and inequality constraints. The set of candidate solutions that satisfy all constraints is called the feasible set.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. constraint

    In the context of joint operation planning, a requirement placed on the command by a higher command that dictates an action, thus restricting freedom of action. See also operational limitation; restraint.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Constraint' in Nouns Frequency: #1532


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