constrain

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Middle French constraindre, ultimately from Latin constringō. Compare French contraindre.

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constrain (third-person singular simple present constrains, present participle constraining, simple past and past participle constrained)

  1. (transitive) to force physically, by strong persuasion or pressurizing; to compel; to oblige
  2. (transitive) to keep within close bounds; to confine
  3. (transitive) to reduce a result in response to limited resources

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