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Difference between Constraint and Restraint




  • Main Difference

    People do not like restrictions, sometimes they become necessary and other times forced upon others because no other choice exists. Within a scientific environment or be it a regular life activity that people want to enjoy, it occurs. The two cases discussed above get their words that become useful for understanding the difference. The main variation between them comes from their definition, and it goes as follows. The term constraint gets defined as the limitation or restriction on something or someone. On the other hand, the term restraint becomes defined as the measure of the situation or scenario that keeps something or someone under control.

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    Comparison Chart

    Basis of Distinction Constraint Restraint
    Definition The limitation or restriction on something or someone. The measure of the situation or scenario that keeps something or someone under control.
    Implementation Gets applied by the higher authorities Gets implemented by higher authorities or personal choices
    Origin From late Middle English (in the sense ‘coercion’): from Old French constreinte. Late Middle English: from Old French restreinte, feminine past participle of restreindre ‘hold back.
    Example “Every additional constraint introduces a new equation of the type (10) and reduces the number of degrees of freedom by one.” “After a few days they grew accustomed to him, and without restraint in his presence pursued their usual way of life, in which he took his part.”
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    Constraint

    The term constraint gets defined as the limitation or restriction on something or someone. It also has the meaning of uneasiness between two people when we talk about their relations and both the definitions interrelate. The word itself originates from late Middle English (in the sense ‘coercion’): from Old French constreinte, feminine past participle of constraindre. Let us take an example of experiment going on which a facility. We may have all the equipment available that we need but that one instrument that helps with the calculation of the diameter or a rod goes missing, people say that they cannot find the reading and therefore put a constraint on the activity. This term becomes common more within the science world as most of the processes have something lagging and they require some limits on the structure. A better way to make the meaning clear becomes its use in a couple of sentences. The first sentence with the term goes as; “Boris did not appear to notice the constraint the newcomer produced and, with the same pleasant composure and the same veiled look in his eyes with which he had met Rostov, tried to enliven the conversation. Another sentence goes as; Every additional constraint introduces a new equation of the type 1) and reduces the number of degrees of freedom by one.” we see that it becomes something limited. Some of the principal synonyms that become used for the word are a restriction, limitation, curb, check, restrain, control, and curtailment among others. We see that a person has to put it on themselves without having to get influenced by others and therefore becomes a personal responsibility.

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    Restraint

    The term restraint becomes defined as the measure of the situation or scenario that keeps something or someone under control. Another meaning of the same word goes as self-control where the person shows the ability to keep everything under control without any emotions and with moderate behavior. It becomes a kind of constraint that does not exist but the person who gets involved with it, act on their own to impose something for the betterment. The word itself originates from late Middle English: from Old French restreinte, feminine past participle of restreindre ‘hold back. Let us say a person wants to get rid of the habit of smoking, what they do is, to control themselves by slowly decreasing the number of cigarettes they consume. Slowly and gradually they reach some limit where it becomes impossible for them to keep smoking and then they have the urge of taking one or two doses. But at that time, if they start resisting the urge, we call it restraint. Let us use the word in a couple of sentences to get a better idea. “There was thus no artificial restraint put upon the individual enterprise, and the question of the government having been settled, Bremen rapidly developed in wealth and influence.” Another sentence goes as; “After a few days they grew accustomed to him, and without restraint in his presence pursued their usual way of life, in which he took his part. Both the phrases give an idea of some restriction that does not come by default but gets imposed. A person cannot restrain themselves since such values become focused on them by other people and they have to oblige.

    Key Differences

    • The term constraint gets defined as the limitation or restriction on something or someone. On the other hand, the term restraint becomes defined as the measure of the situation or scenario that keeps something or someone under control.
    • A constraint gets applied by the higher authorities most of the times, whereas a restraint may get implemented by higher authorities or personal choices.
    • The word constraint itself originates from late Middle English (in the sense ‘coercion’): from Old French constreinte, feminine past participle of constraindre. On the other hand, the word restraint itself originates from late Middle English: from Old French restreinte, feminine past participle of restreindre ‘hold back.
    • Sentence usage of constraint goes as; “Boris did not appear to notice the constraint the newcomer produced and, with the same pleasant composure and the same veiled look in his eyes with which he had met Rostov, tried to enliven the conversation.”
    • Sentence usage of restraint goes as; “There was thus no artificial restraint put upon the individual enterprise, and the question of the government having been settled, Bremen rapidly developed in wealth and influence.”
    • An example of constraint becomes when the sign within an office says “no smoking.” On the other hand, an example of restraint becomes a person who tries not to smoke at a public place with no constraint.