01. Too many women's lives have been [constrained] by the sexist views held by some people in society.
02. The boss has turned down our request to expand the Research and Development Department due to financial [constraints].
03. We had to terminate the project due to time [constraints].
04. The ability of this university to achieve excellence in its programs is somewhat [constrained] by the determination of the administration to spend as little money as possible.
05. His lack of experience has been a significant [constraint] on his ability to move up in the company.
06. Social structures often [constrain] individual behavior.
07. [Constrained] by its island site, Montreal is a compact city of apartments and renters.
08. The profit margin for the team is being [constrained] by increasingly excessive players' salaries.
09. Because she so totally lacks self-confidence, I felt [constrained] to offer her encouragement, and tell her she had done a good job, even though I actually thought it was simply dreadful.
10. The more rigid the culture, the more extensive the [constraints] there are on people.
11. We have to learn to do our best within the [constraints] of our limited resources.
12. Even the most well-intentioned government has certain [constraints] that will inevitably keep it from achieving some of its goals in helping its poorest citizens.
13. She felt [constrained] to give the job to her nephew, despite the fact that she knew he wasn't the best person for the position.
14. The growth of our company has been seriously [constrained] by the poor state of the economy.
15. The budgets in every single ministry have been [constrained] in a desperate attempt to bring the deficit under control.
16. Alexander Hamilton once remarked, "Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of men will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice without [constraint]."
17. Mary Robinson once noted that in a society where the rights and potential of women are [constrained], no man can be truly free. He may have power, but he will not have freedom.
18. Naomi Wolf once stated that Western women have been controlled by ideals and stereotypes as much as by material [constraints].
19. She had to shut down her website due to time and budget [constraints].
20. Many psychologists maintain that there are certain biological [constraints], possibly within the genetic code itself, that limit the responses that can be taught.
21. Business leaders worry that the new tax will [constrain] growth of the tourist industry.
22. Venice in the 1600s, with its reputation for freedom from social and religious [constraints], was the ideal place for opera to flourish.

Grammatical examples in English. 2013.


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