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[ri-streynt] /rɪˈstreɪnt/
a restraining action or influence:
freedom from restraint.
Sometimes, restraints. a means of or device for restraining, as a harness for the body.
the act of restraining, holding back, controlling, or checking.
the state or fact of being restrained; deprivation of liberty; confinement.
constraint or reserve in feelings, behavior, etc.
Origin of restraint
1350-1400; Middle English restreinte < Middle French restrainte, noun use of feminine past participle of restraindre to restrain
Related forms
overrestraint, noun
prerestraint, noun
4. circumscription, restriction, imprisonment, incarceration.
4. liberty. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for restraint
  • They also underwent physical therapy for several hours on weekdays, during which they wore the restraint.
  • Might be a good idea for more persons to exercise similar restraint.
  • She called for restraint and for the conference to adopt a learning culture.
  • Critter could get no leverage, that's why the lamp post restraint worked.
  • Hybrid teas and floribundas generally grow with more restraint.
  • Freedom of speech does not mean speech totally uninhibited by any legal restraint.
  • Some people feel no restraint when in possession of a credit card.
  • His humanity, courage, his restraint and his modesty makes us also to think about the human condition.
  • We've focused on the driver's space and what protects the driver: restraint systems, the seat, and the space around him.
  • We do not see moral restraint in the world, and degradation has resulted.
British Dictionary definitions for restraint


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

"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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restraint in Medicine

restraint re·straint (rĭ-strānt')

  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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