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A constraint is something that plays the part of a physical, social or financial restriction. It is a derived form of the intransitive verb form constrained.
Constraint may refer to:
- Theory of constraints, in business management
- Loading gauge or structure gauge (constraints in engineering)
- A constraint on constrained writing, in literature
- For example, Oulipian constraints
- Constraint (mathematics)
- Constrained optimization
- Constraint (classical mechanics), including:
- Constraint (information theory)
- Constraint algorithm such as SHAKE, or LINCS
- Constraint (computer-aided design), in engineering design and solid modeling.
- Constraint satisfaction, in computer science
- Finite domain constraints, in constraint satisfaction.
- Integrity constraints, an element of database design
- Biological constraints, factors which make populations resistant to evolutionary change.
- Constraint optimization, in finance, linear programming, economics and cost modeling.
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