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Limitation vs. Constraint

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  • Limitation (noun)

    The act of limiting or the state of being limited.

  • Limitation (noun)

    A restriction; a boundary, real or metaphorical, caused by some thing or some circumstance.

    "Getting into his wheelchair after his amputation, it felt like a limitation you could roll in."

    "He understood the exam material, but his fear was a limitation he could not overcome."

  • Limitation (noun)

    An imperfection or shortcoming that limits something's use or value.

  • Limitation (noun)

    A time period after which some legal action may no longer be brought.

    "The lawyer obtained impunity by dragging his obviously guilty client's case beyond the ten-year limitation."

  • Constraint (noun)

    Something that constrains; a restriction.

  • Constraint (noun)

    An irresistible force or compulsion.

  • Constraint (noun)

    A condition that a solution to an optimization problem must satisfy.

  • Constraint (noun)

    A linkage or other restriction that maintains database integrity.

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  • Limitation (noun)

    The act of limiting; the state or condition of being limited; as, the limitation of his authority was approved by the council.

  • Limitation (noun)

    That which limits; a restriction; a qualification; a restraining condition, defining circumstance, or qualifying conception; as, limitations of thought.

  • Limitation (noun)

    A certain precinct within which friars were allowed to beg, or exercise their functions; also, the time during which they were permitted to exercise their functions in such a district.

  • Limitation (noun)

    A limited time within or during which something is to be done.

  • Limitation (noun)

    A certain period limited by statute after which the claimant shall not enforce his claims by suit.

  • Constraint (noun)

    The act of constraining, or the state of being constrained; that which compels to, or restrains from, action; compulsion; restraint; necessity.

Webster Dictionary
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  • Limitation (noun)

    a principle that limits the extent of something;

    "I am willing to accept certain restrictions on my movements"

  • Limitation (noun)

    the quality of being limited or restricted;

    "it is a good plan but it has serious limitations"

  • Limitation (noun)

    the greatest amount of something that is possible or allowed;

    "there are limits on the amount you can bet"

    "it is growing rapidly with no limitation in sight"

  • Limitation (noun)

    (law) a time period after which suits cannot be brought;

    "statute of limitations"

  • Limitation (noun)

    an act of limiting or restricting (as by regulation)

  • Constraint (noun)

    the state of being physically constrained;

    "dogs should be kept under restraint"

  • Constraint (noun)

    a device that retards something's motion;

    "the car did not have proper restraints fitted"

  • Constraint (noun)

    the act of constraining; the threat or use of force to control the thoughts or behavior of others

Princeton's WordNet

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