- noun something that restricts something else
- noun any factor that limits the activities of a business, e.g. the capacity of a machine or the number of hours a worker can legally work
- noun something that reduces freedom of action
(written as Constraint)The limits (real and imaginary; budgetary, resource, political, etc.) on what it is possible to accomplish. Careful examination of imagined constraints often results in their being seen to be moveable, though usually at some cost. Releasing decision-makers from the curse of unimaginative thinking about constraints is one of the potentially great benefits of well-conducted economic appraisals.
- noun something which restricts someone’s actions