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constraint (noun) force; restraint; control; restriction.
When there is a constraint on your freedom, you are not free to do what you like. A new law may place a constraint on the money you wish to send out of the country, if it limits the amount you wish to send. A legal constraint is a law which limits your freedom to do what you want to do. A financial constraint is a lack of money because of which you cannot buy something, or do something. When you act under constraint, you are forced to do something which you do not like.
- No university can impart real education if it is under financial constraints, as a lack of funds certainly hits study programs and research projects which are beneficial to the country.
- You sign the document only if you are convinced that the contents are not against your interests. You are under no constraint to sign it.