Pronunciation: /kənˈstreɪnt/ ?

A constraint is limitation or restriction placed upon a math problem.[1] For example, if a problem states y = 3x - 2, x > 0, the constraint is the limitation x > 0, meaning that x is only allowed to take on positive values. One can say, "x is constrained to positive values."


  1. constraint. WordNet. Princeton University. (Accessed: 2011-01-08).

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