Restraint meaning

rĭ-strānt
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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.

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A device or other means of limiting movement, used to prevent the infliction of harm to self or others.
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Limitation or confinement as in constraint on free assembly; forbearance; a holding back or prohibiting from doing something.
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Control of emotions, impulses, etc.; reserve; constraint.
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(countable) Something that restrains, ties, fastens or secures.

Make sure all the restraints are tight.

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(uncountable) Control or caution; reserve.

Try to exercise restraint when talking to your boss.

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Control of the expression of one's feelings; constraint.

Cursed without restraint.

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A restraining or being restrained.
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A restraining influence or action.
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A means or instrument of restraining.
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A loss or limitation of liberty; confinement.
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The act of restraining.
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Control or repression of feelings; constraint.
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Origin of restraint

  • Middle English restreinte from Old French restrainte from feminine past participle of restraindre to restrain restrain

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition