constraint definition

  • noun:
    • The danger or usage of force to avoid, limit, or determine the action or looked at others.
    • The state to be limited or restricted within recommended bounds: soon tired of this constraint of military life.
    • one which limits, limitations, or regulates; a check: dismissed all ethical constraints in his pursuit of success.
    • Embarrassed reserve or reticence; awkwardness: "All constraint had vanished between the two, and so they begun to chat” ( Edith Wharton).
    • Something that constrains.
    • A condition that an answer to an optimization issue must satisfy.
    • The work of constraining, and/or condition to be constrained; what compels to, or restrains from, action; compulsion; restraint; necessity.
    • Irresistible force, or its effect; any force or power, real or ethical, which compels to do something or even to forbear action; compulsion; coercion; restraint.
    • exclusively Repression of emotion, or of the expression of the ideas and thoughts; for this reason, embarrassment: because, he talked with constraint.
    • In analytical mechanics, this product for the size of a particle in to the square of the velocity which, compounded with all the velocity the particle would have if free, would give the actual velocity.
    • Synonyms Violence, need, coercion. See power, n.
    • the state of being actually constrained
    • a device that retards anything's motion
    • the work of constraining; the danger or using force to manage the ideas or behavior of other individuals

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