- The definition of a restraint is something that restricts freedom or prevents someone from doing something.
- When someone is tied up and prevented from moving, this is an example of restraint.
- When your budget sets a limit on how much you can spend for Christmas, this is an example of financial restraint.
- When you want to cry and get mad but you force yourself to stay calm, this is an example of a situation where you show restraint.
- a restraining or being restrained
- a restraining influence or action
- a means or instrument of restraining
- a loss or limitation of liberty; confinement
- control of emotions, impulses, etc.; reserve; constraint
Origin of restraintMiddle English restreinte ; from Old French restrainte ; from restreindre, to restrain
- a. The act of restraining: police restraint of the suspect.b. The condition of being restrained, especially the condition of losing one's freedom: a suspect held in restraint.
- a. An influence that inhibits or restrains: “If the enemy could be defined as radically evil, then the restraints of morality did not apply” (James Carroll).b. A device or other means of restraining movement: a child restraint in a car.
- Control of the expression of one's feelings; constraint: cursed without restraint.
Origin of restraintMiddle English restreinte, from Old French restrainte, from feminine past participle of restraindre, to restrain; see restrain.
(countable and uncountable, plural restraints)
restraint - Legal Definition
Limitation or confinement as in constraint on free assembly; forbearance; a holding back or prohibiting from doing something.