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English noun: constraint

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


SamplesDogs should be kept under restraint.


Synonymsrestraint


Broader (hypernym)confinement


Narrower (hyponym)cage

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


SamplesThe car did not have proper restraints fitted.


Synonymsrestraint


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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