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constraint

noun [C]
 
 
/kənˈstreɪnt/
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)
Translations of “constraint”
in Chinese (Traditional) 限制, 束縛, 約束…
in Russian ограничение…
in Turkish sınırlama, zorlama, kısıtlama…
in Chinese (Simplified) 限制, 束缚, 约束…
in Polish ograniczenie…
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