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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English, borrowed from Middle French constrainte, past participle of the verb constraindre (French: contraindre), ultimately from Latin constringo (corresponding to the past participle constrictus).

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  • IPA(key): /kənˈstɹeɪnt/
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  • Rhymes: -eɪnt

NounEdit

constraint (countable and uncountable, plural constraints)

  1. Something that constrains; a restriction.
  2. An irresistible force or compulsion.
  3. The repression of one's feelings.
  4. (mathematics) A condition that a solution to an optimization problem must satisfy.
  5. (databases) A linkage or other restriction that maintains database integrity.

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