What does the word constraint mean?

Usage examples for constraint

  1. Bitter constraint, and sad occasion dear, Compels me to disturb your season due; For Lycidas is dead, dead ere his prime, Young Lycidas, and hath not left his peer: Who would not sing for Lycidas? – Verses and Translations by C. S. C.
  2. When he spoke again, it was with marked deliberation and constraint- with the air of a man who was repeating words put into his lips, or words prepared beforehand. – Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins
  3. Then he spoke, with some constraint. – A Witch of the Hills, v. 1-2 by Florence Warden