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constraint

(Imprisonment), noun act of keeping in, apprehension, arrest, bondage, bonds, bounds, captivity, care, charge, commitment, confinement, containment, control, custody, detainment, detention, encincture, enthrallment, fetter, immuration, immurement, incarceration, internment, keeping, legal restraint, preventive custody, preventive detention, prison, prohibition, protective custody, quarantine, remand, restriction

constraint

(Restriction), noun act of forestalling, act of hampering, act of quelling, act of stifling, act of strannling, act of thwarting, astriction, bar, circumscription, compulsion, constriction, curb, deprivation, determent, disallowance, disapprobation, duress, encumbrance, enthrallment, fetter, forbiddance, force, impediment, inhibition, interdict, interdiction, muzzle, obstruction, obstructionism, preclusion, pressure, prevention, prohibition, proscription, rein, restraint, restrictive practice, strangulation, suppression, temperance, trammel
Associated concepts: estoppel
See also: bar, bondage, captivity, coercion, commitment, composure, compulsion, control, custody, detention, deterrence, deterrent, discipline, disincentive, duress, embarrassment, enforcement, fetter, force, incarceration, limitation, moderation, obstacle, obstruction, pressure, prohibition, quota, requirement, restraint, restriction, retention

CONSTRAINT. In the civil and Scottish law, by this term is understood what, in the common law, is known by the name of duress.
     2. It is a general rule, that when one is compelled into a contract, there is no effectual consent, though, ostensibly, there is the form of it. In such case the contract will be declared void.
     3. The constraint requisite thus to annul a contract, must be a vis aut me us qui cadet in constantem virum, such as would shake a man of firmness and resolution. 3 Ersk. 1, Sec. 16; and 4, 1, Sec. 26; 1 Bell's Conn. B. 3, part 1, o. 1, s. 1, art. 1, page 295.

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Her limbs possessed an elasticity which took from every movement the slightest appearance of effort or constraint.
The tact and skill which suffice to avert a Woman's sting are unequal to the task of stopping a Woman's mouth; and as the wife has absolutely nothing to say, and absolutely no constraint of wit, sense, or conscience to prevent her from saying it, not a few cynics have been found to aver that they prefer the danger of the death-dealing but inaudible sting to the safe sonorousness of a Woman's other end.
Then he paused and seemed to hesitate; and then, 'You had better look at the face,' said he, in tones of some constraint.
But I could not help seeing that there was some constraint with him.
And they are not to found otherwise, because men will always prove untrue to you unless they are kept honest by constraint.
Yet, for all my agitation, I noticed that about him there still lingered an air of constraint and uneasiness.
I, a bondsman just released from the yoke, freed for one week from twenty-one years of constraint, must, of necessity, resume the fetters of dependency.
She kept the pictures near her heart, to which her hand naturally strayed when her feelings of constraint, distrust, or fear became so poignant as to interfere with the calm which she felt was necessary to help her through her ordeal.
So when they were alone the king's daughter said to her eleven girls: 'Show some constraint, and do not look round at the spinning-wheels.
She knew how to hit to a hair's-breadth that moment of evening when the light and the darkness are so evenly balanced that the constraint of day and the suspense of night neutralize each other, leaving absolute mental liberty.
After a moment Mattie seemed to be affected by the same sense of constraint.
His whole air was expressive of constraint and weariness, which our lieutenants of the garrison would to-day translate admirably as, "What a beastly bore

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