|n.||1.||The act of constraining, or the state of being constrained; that which compels to, or restrains from, action; compulsion; restraint; necessity.|
|Noun||1.||constraint - the state of being physically constrained; "dogs should be kept under restraint"|
|2.||constraint - a device that retards something's motion; "the car did not have proper restraints fitted"|
|3.||constraint - the act of constraining; the threat or use of force to control the thoughts or behavior of others|
CONSTRAINT. In the civil and Scottish law, by this term is understood what,
in the common law, is known by the name of duress.
2. It is a general rule, that when one is compelled into a contract, there is no effectual consent, though, ostensibly, there is the form of it. In such case the contract will be declared void.
3. The constraint requisite thus to annul a contract, must be a vis aut me us qui cadet in constantem virum, such as would shake a man of firmness and resolution. 3 Ersk. 1, Sec. 16; and 4, 1, Sec. 26; 1 Bell's Conn. B. 3, part 1, o. 1, s. 1, art. 1, page 295.
|(programming, mathematics)||constraint - A Boolean relation, often an
equality or ineqality relation, between the values of one or
more mathematical variables (often two). E.g. x>3 is a
constraint on x. constraint satisfaction attempts to assign
values to variables so that all constraints are true.|
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