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English definition of “constraint”


noun     /kənˈstreɪnt/
C2 [C] something that controls what you do by keeping you within particular limits : The constraints of politeness wouldn't allow her to say what she really thought about his cooking . Financial constraints on the company are preventing them from employing new staff .Limiting and restrictingPreventing and impeding [U] formal unnatural behaviour that is sometimes the result of forcing yourself to act in a particular way: She tried to appear friendly , but her constraint was obvious .Self-control and moderation under constraint formal If you do something under constraint, you do it only because you have been forced to: They confessed , but only under severe constraint.Duty, obligation and responsibility
(Definition of constraint noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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