Constraints



[kuh n-streynt] /kənˈstreɪnt/

noun
1.
limitation or restriction.
2.
repression of natural feelings and impulses:
to practice constraint.
3.
unnatural restraint in manner, conversation, etc.; embarrassment.
4.
something that .
5.
the act of .
6.
the condition of being .
7.
Linguistics. a restriction on the operation of a linguistic rule or the occurrence of a linguistic construction.
/kənˈstreɪnt/
noun
1.
compulsion, force, or restraint
2.
repression or control of natural feelings or impulses
3.
a forced unnatural manner; inhibition
4.
something that serves to constrain; restrictive condition: social constraints kept him silent
5.
(linguistics) any very general restriction on a sentence formation rule
n.

late 14c., “distress, oppression,” from Old French constreinte “binding, constraint, compulsion” (Modern French contrainte), fem. noun from constreint, past participle of constreindre, from Vulgar Latin *constrinctus, from Latin constrictus (see constrain). Meaning “coercion, compulsion” is from 1530s.

A language for solving constraints using value inference.
[“CONSTRAINTS: A Language for Expressing Almost-Hierarchical Descriptions”, G.J. Sussman et al, Artif Intell 14(1):1-39 (Aug 1980)].
(1994-11-01)

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