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English noun: constraint

1. constraint (state) the state of being physically constrained

SamplesDogs should be kept under restraint.


Broader (hypernym)confinement

Narrower (hyponym)cage

2. constraint (artifact) a device that retards something's motion

SamplesThe car did not have proper restraints fitted.


Broader (hypernym)device

Narrower (hyponym)air bag, airbrake, arrester, arrester hook, band, bond, brake, brake, brake pad, brake shoe, catch, chain, dive brake, drogue, fastener, fastening, fixing, gag, hamper, holdfast, ignition lock, lead, leash, life belt, lock, muzzle, muzzle, safety belt, safety harness, sea anchor, shackle, shoe, skid, stop, tether, trammel, trammel

3. constraint (act) the act of constraining; the threat or use of force to control the thoughts or behavior of others

Broader (hypernym)confinement, restriction

Narrower (hyponym)swaddling clothes

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