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constraint

con·straint

constraint

 
 
pronunciation:
kn streInt
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act of confining or restraining.
similar words:
bond, obstruction, restraint
definition 2: the state of confinement or restraint.
He nearly went mad during his constraint in prison.
antonyms:
liberty
similar words:
continual, obstruction, prison
definition 3: something that compels, confines, or restrains.
He thought he would be happier without the constraints of a regular job.She felt the art school was too conservative and put constraints on her creativity.
similar words:
brake, chain, compulsion, leash, muzzle, rein, restriction
definition 4: embarrassed reserve.
He felt a constraint that kept him from speaking up.