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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 con·straint /kənˈstrent/

From: Taiwan MOE computer dictionary

 制約; 約束

From: Network Terminology


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Con·straint n.  The act of constraining, or the state of being constrained; that which compels to, or restrains from, action; compulsion; restraint; necessity.
    Long imprisonment and hard constraint.   --Spenser.
    Not by constraint, but by my choice, I came.   --Dryden.
 Syn: -- Compulsion; violence; necessity; urgency.
 Usage: -- Constraint, Compulsion. Constraint implies strong binding force; as, the constraint of necessity; the constraint of fear. Compulsion implies the exertion of some urgent impelling force; as, driven by compulsion. The former prevents us from acting agreeably to our wishes; the latter forces us to act contrary to our will. Compulsion is always produced by some active agent; a constraint may be laid upon us by the forms of civil society, or by other outward circumstances.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: the state of being physically constrained; "dogs should be
           kept under restraint" [syn: restraint]
      2: a device that retards something's motion; "the car did not
         have proper restraints fitted" [syn: restraint]
      3: the act of constraining; the threat or use of force to
         control the thoughts or behavior of others