Student Thesaurus

One entry found for constraint.
Entry Word: constraint
Function: noun
Text: 1 the checking of one's true feelings and impulses when dealing with others <in civilized society people do not just say or do whatever they feel like--they exercise some constraint>
Synonyms inhibition, repression, reserve, restraint, self-control, self-restraint, suppression
Related Words control, discipline, self-denial, self-discipline; composure, self-possession; aloofness, detachedness, distance; bashfulness, modesty, shyness; reticence, silence, taciturnity
Near Antonyms self-indulgence; bluntness, candor, frankness
2 something that limits one's freedom of action or choice <put legal constraints on the board's activities> -- see RESTRICTION 1
3 the use of power to impose one's will on another <parental constraint can take several different forms, including a denial of the approval that children usually seek from their parents> -- see FORCE 2