constraint

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English

WOTD – 10 January 2016

Etymology

From Middle English, borrowed from Middle French constrainte, past participle of the verb constraindre (French: contraindre), ultimately from Latin constringo (corresponding to the past participle constrictus).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /kənˈstɹeɪnt/
  • Rhymes: -eɪnt

Noun

constraint (countable and uncountable, plural constraints)

  1. Something that constrains; a restriction.
  2. An irresistible force or compulsion.
  3. (mathematics) A condition that a solution to an optimization problem must satisfy.
  4. (databases) A linkage or other restriction that maintains database integrity.

Derived terms

  • constraint satisfaction

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