ETYM Old Eng. abregement. Related to Abridge.
1 > The act abridging, or the state of being abridged; diminution; lessening; reduction or deprivation.
2 > An epitome or compendium, as of a book; a shortened or abridged form; an abbreviation.
3 > That which abridges or cuts short.
ETYM Old Eng. chek, Old Fren. eschec, French échec, a stop, hindrance, orig. check in the game of chess, pl. échecs chess, through AR., from Pers. shâh king. Related to Shah, Checkmate, Chess, Checker.
1 > A written order directing a bank to pay money | SYN: bank check, cheque.
2 > The bill in a restaurant | SYN: chit, tab.
3 > Obstructing an opponent in ice hockey.
4 > The act of inspecting or verifying | SYN: checkout, check-out procedure.
ETYM Latin circumscriptio. Related to Circumscribe. The act of circumscribing.
Sudden restriction on an activity. clamp-down
Compulsion; joint action.
1; A premise upon which the fulfillment of an agreement depends; stipulation.
2 > A provision making the effect of a legal instrument contingent upon an uncertain event; also; the event itself.
3 > Something essential to the appearance or occurrence of something else; prerequisite: as an environmental requirement; the subordinate clause of a conditional sentence.
4 > A restricting or modifying factor; qualification.
5 > An unsatisfactory academic grade that may be raised by doing additional work.
6 > A state of being.
7 > Social status; rank; a usually defective state of health.
8 > A state of physical fitness or readiness for use.
1 > Restraint of a person's liberty | SYN: detention.
2 > The state of being confined.
ETYM Old Fren. constrainte, French constrainte.
1 > The act of constraining.
2 > The state of being constrained | SYN: restraint.
A device (as a catch, dog, or spring-operated ball) for positioning and holding one mechanical part in relation to another in a manner such that the device can be released by force applied to one of the parts.
ETYM Latin determinatio boundary, end: cf. French détermination.
1 > The act of determining the properties of something | SYN: finding.
2 > The quality of being determined to do or achieve something | SYN: purpose.
ETYM Latin limitatio: cf. French limitation. Related to Limit.
1 > The quality of being limited or restricted | SYN: restriction.
2 > An act of limiting or restricting (as by regulation) | SYN: restriction.
3 > (In law) A time period after which suits cannot be brought.
ETYM Cf. French qualification. Related to Qualify.
1 > An attribute that fits a person for something:.
2 > The act of modification or changing the strength of some idea.
ETYM Old Fren. restraincte, from restrainct, French restreint, p. p. of restraindre, restrendre. Related to Restrain.
1 > A device that holds someone or something back from action | SYN: constraint.
2 > Discipline in personal and social activities | SYN: control.
3 > The act of restraining.
ETYM French restriction, Latin restrictio.
1 > A principle that limits the extent of something | SYN: limitation.
2 > The act of restricting by restraint.
ETYM Also written stent. Related to Stint. An individuals prescribed share of work.
1 > The quality or state of being uneasy; restlessness; disquietude; anxiety.
2 > The quality of making uneasy; discomfort.
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