[syn: restraint, constraint]
3. the act of constraining; the threat or use of force to control the thoughts or behavior of others;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Constraint \Con*straint"\, n. [OF. constrainte, F. constrainte.]
The act of constraining, or the state of being constrained;
that which compels to, or restrains from, action; compulsion;
Long imprisonment and hard constraint. --Spenser.
Not by constraint, but by my choice, I came. --Dryden.
Syn: Compulsion; violence; necessity; urgency.
Usage: Constraint, Compulsion. Constraint implies strong
binding force; as, the constraint of necessity; the
constraint of fear. Compulsion implies the exertion of
some urgent impelling force; as, driven by compulsion.
The former prevents us from acting agreeably to our
wishes; the latter forces us to act contrary to our
will. Compulsion is always produced by some active
agent; a constraint may be laid upon us by the forms
of civil society, or by other outward circumstances.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the state of being physically constrained; "dogs should be
kept under restraint" [syn: constraint, restraint]
2: a device that retards something's motion; "the car did not
have proper restraints fitted" [syn: restraint,
3: the act of constraining; the threat or use of force to
control the thoughts or behavior of others
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
169 Moby Thesaurus words for "constraint":
abnegation, abstinence, aloofness, aplomb, arrest, arrestation,
backwardness, bashfulness, blankness, caging, calm, calmness,
check, chilliness, circumscription, coaction, coercion, coldness,
composure, compulsion, compulsiveness, confinement, conservatism,
continence, control, cool, cooling, cooling down, cooling off,
coolness, cramp, curb, curtailment, deceleration, denial,
detachment, discipline, discreetness, discretion, dispassion,
distance, drive, driving, duress, enforcement, evenness, exigency,
expressionlessness, forbearance, forcing, frigidity, frostiness,
frugality, gentleness, goad, golden mean, guardedness,
happy medium, hindrance, iciness, impartiality, impassiveness,
impassivity, impelling, impersonality, impoundment, impulse,
impulsion, inaccessibility, independence, inevitability,
inhibition, injunction, interdict, introversion, irresistibility,
judiciousness, juste-milieu, legal restraint, lenity, lockup,
meden agan, middle way, mildness, moderateness, moderation,
moderationism, modesty, monopoly, motive, necessity, neutrality,
nonviolence, nothing in excess, obligation, obligement, pacifism,
penning, pinch, possession, press, pressure, prohibition,
protection, protectionism, protective tariff, prudence, push,
rash impulse, rationing, rein, remoteness, renouncement,
renunciation, repose, repression, reserve, reservedness, restraint,
restraint of trade, restriction, retardation, reticence, reticency,
retirement, retiring disposition, retrenchment, self-abnegation,
self-command, self-conquest, self-control, self-denial,
self-discipline, self-government, self-mastery, self-possession,
self-restraint, serenity, slowing down, soberness, sobriety,
sophrosyne, spring, spur, stability, standoffishness, steadiness,
stress, subduedness, suppression, tariff wall, temperance,
temperateness, thought control, tranquillity, unaffability,
unapproachability, uncongeniality, undemonstrativeness,
unexcessiveness, unexpansiveness, unextravagance, unextremeness,
urge, urgency, via media, violence, withdrawal, withdrawnness
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018):
A Boolean relation, often an
equality or ineqality relation, between the values of one or
more mathematical variables. E.g. x>3 is a constraint on x.
The process of constraint satisfaction attempts to assign values
to variables so that all constraints are true.
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Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
CONSTRAINT. In the civil and Scottish law, by this term is understood what,
in the common law, is known by the name of duress.
2. It is a general rule, that when one is compelled into a contract,
there is no effectual consent, though, ostensibly, there is the form of it.
In such case the contract will be declared void.
3. The constraint requisite thus to annul a contract, must be a vis aut
me us qui cadet in constantem virum, such as would shake a man of firmness
and resolution. 3 Ersk. 1, Sec. 16; and 4, 1, Sec. 26; 1 Bell's Conn. B. 3,
part 1, o. 1, s. 1, art. 1, page 295.