|Origin:||constrainte, from constraindre; CONSTRAIN|
something that limits your freedom to do what you want [= restriction]
Constraints on spending have forced the company to rethink its plans.
the constraints of family life
financial/environmental/political etc constraints
There have been financial and political constraints on development.
impose/place constraints on somebody/something
constraints imposed on teachers by large class sizes
control over the way people are allowed to behave, so that they cannot do what they want:
freedom from constraint