Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun constraint

3 senses of constraint

Sense 1
constraint, restraint -- (the state of being physically constrained; "dogs should be kept under restraint")
       => confinement -- (the state of being confined; "he was held in confinement")

Sense 2
restraint, constraint -- (a device that retards something's motion; "the car did not have proper restraints fitted")
       => device -- (an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose; "the device is small enough to wear on your wrist"; "a device intended to conserve water")

Sense 3
constraint -- (the act of constraining; the threat or use of force to control the thoughts or behavior of others)
       => restriction, confinement -- (the act of keeping something within specified bounds (by force if necessary); "the restriction of the infection to a focal area")

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