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English definition of “constraint”


noun [C]     /kənˈstreɪnt/
something that limits what you can do: budget constraints There are constraints on the medicines doctors can prescribe .Limiting and restrictingPreventing and impeding
(Definition of constraint noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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