The act of constraining, or the state of being constrained; that which compels to, or restrains from, action; compulsion; restraint; necessity.
- The threat or use of force to prevent, restrict, or dictate the action or thought of others.
- The state of being restricted or confined within prescribed bounds: soon tired of the constraint of military life.
- One that restricts, limits, or regulates; a check: ignored all moral constraints in his pursuit of success.
- Embarrassed reserve or reticence; awkwardness: "All constraint had vanished between the two, and they began to talk” ( Edith Wharton).