Meaning of CONSTRAINT in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ kən-ˈstrānt ]


Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French constrainte, from constraindre

Date: 15th century


a. : the act of constraining

b. : the state of being checked, restricted, or compelled to avoid or perform some action

the constraint and monotony of a monastic life — Matthew Arnold

c. : a constraining condition, agency, or force : check

put legal constraint s on the board's activities


a. : repression of one's own feelings, behavior, or actions

b. : a sense of being constrained : embarrassment

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.