Meaning of CONSTRAINT in English
con ‧ straint AC /kənˈstreɪnt/ BrE AmE noun
[ Word Family: verb : ↑ constrain ; noun : ↑ constraint ]
[ Date: 1300-1400 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: constrainte , from constraindre ; ⇨ ↑ constrain ]
1 . [countable] something that limits your freedom to do what you want SYN restriction
Constraints on spending have forced the company to rethink its plans.
the constraints of family life
financial/environmental/political etc constraints
There have been financial and political constraints on development.
impose/place constraints on somebody/something
constraints imposed on teachers by large class sizes
2 . [uncountable] control over the way people are allowed to behave, so that they cannot do what they want:
freedom from constraint
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■ ADJECTIVES/NOUN + constraint
▪ financial/legal/economic etc constraints
During the war, there were many physical and social constraints on citizens.
▪ time constraints (=the limited amount of time that is available)
Exams are always done under strict time constraints.
▪ budget constraints (=the limited amount of money that is available)
With any new project, you have to be aware of the budget constraints.
▪ a major constraint
In Egypt, the shortage of land and water is a major constraint on agriculture.
▪ a serious/severe constraint
The country's debts put serious constraints on its economic growth.
▪ a tight constraint (=a strict limit)
They were operating within tight financial constraints.
▪ an important constraint
Their religious beliefs were an important constraint on their behaviour.
▪ impose constraints on somebody/something
You have to work within the constraints that the software imposes.
▪ place/put constraints on somebody/something
Lack of funding is putting severe constraints on research.
▪ free somebody/something from constraints
Summer vacation is a time when children are freed from the constraints of routine.
▪ be subject to constraints (=be limited by them)
Teachers are subject to the constraints of the examination system.
▪ be free from constraints (=not be limited by them)
No film producers are free from the constraints of censorship.
▪ given the constraints on something (=because there are particular constraints on something)
Given the constraints on space in the city, most people live in tiny apartments.
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English. Longman - Словарь современного английского языка. 2012