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Definitions of constraint

  1. the act of constraining Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a device that stops something from moving; "the car did not have proper restraints fitted" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. the act of constraining; the threat or use of force to control the thoughts or behavior of others Wordnet Dictionary DB
  4. The act of constraining, or the state of being constrained; that which compels to, or restrains from, action; compulsion; restraint; necessity. Newage Dictionary DB
  5. Compulsion, force; necessity; repression; lack of naturalness. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. Compulsion; confinement. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  7. Irresistible force, restraint, compulsion, or confinement. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  8. Compulsion; repression; embarrassment. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.

Usage examples for constraint

  1. The constraint of speech fell first upon Ralph, being town- bred and accustomed to the convenances at Professor Thriepneuk's. – The Lilac Sunbonnet by S.R. Crockett
  2. He was not without firmness, and hated constraint – The Memoirs of Louis XIV., Volume 9 And His Court and of The Regency by Duc de Saint-Simon
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