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"constraint" in British English

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constraintnoun

uk   /kənˈstreɪnt/ us   /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.
[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.
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.
(Definition of constraint from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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constraintnoun [C]

us   /kənˈstreɪnt/
something that limits the range of a person’s actions or freedom: In Egypt, the biggest constraint on new agricultural production is water.
(Definition of constraint from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"constraint" in Business English

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constraintnoun [C]

uk   /kənˈstreɪnt/ us  
something that controls what you can do by keeping you within particular limits: The constraint of distribution costs remains the severest of all.budget/financial, etc. constraints This growth in revenue may soften the government's budget constraints and allow it to increase public spending.big/major/serious constraint They believe that the new legislation will remove a major constraint to economic expansion.a constraint on/to sth The cost of capital is an important constraint on business activity.place/put a constraint on sth Some external factors placed constraints on the scope of the work that could be undertaken. Among those conditions was a five-year time constraint. (= time limit)
(Definition of constraint from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “constraint”
in Chinese (Simplified) 限制, 束缚, 约束…
in Turkish sınırlama, zorlama, kısıtlama…
in Russian ограничение…
in Chinese (Traditional) 限制, 束縛, 約束…
in Polish ograniczenie…
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