constraint

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English constreynt, constreynte, from Old French constreinte, past participle of constreindre (to constrain), from Latin cōnstringō (corresponding to the past participle cōnstrictus).

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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.
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  2. An irresistible force or compulsion.
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  3. The repression of one's feelings.
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  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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