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restraint

[ri-streynt] /rɪˈstreɪnt/
noun
1.
a restraining action or influence:
freedom from restraint.
2.
Sometimes, restraints. a means of or device for restraining, as a harness for the body.
3.
the act of restraining, holding back, controlling, or checking.
4.
the state or fact of being restrained; deprivation of liberty; confinement.
5.
constraint or reserve in feelings, behavior, etc.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English restreinte < Middle French restrainte, noun use of feminine past participle of restraindre to restrain
Related forms
overrestraint, noun
prerestraint, noun
Synonyms
4. circumscription, restriction, imprisonment, incarceration.
Antonyms
4. liberty.
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restraint

/rɪˈstreɪnt/
noun
1.
the ability to control or moderate one's impulses, passions, etc: to show restraint
2.
the act of restraining or the state of being restrained
3.
something that restrains; restriction
Word Origin
C15: from Old French restreinte, from restreindre to restrain
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Word Origin and History for over restraint

restraint

n.

"action of restraining; means of restraint," early 15c., from Old French restreinte, noun use of fem. past participle of restraindre (see restrain). Sense of "reserve" is from c.1600.

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over restraint in Medicine

restraint re·straint (rĭ-strānt')
n.

  1. An instrument or a means of restraint to prevent the infliction of harm to self or others, such as a straightjacket.

  2. Control or repression of feelings; constraint.

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