- to hold back from action; keep in check or under control; repress: to restrain one's temper.
- to deprive of liberty, as by arrest or the like.
- to limit or hamper the activity, growth, or effect of: to restrain trade with Cuba.
Origin of restrain
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Examples from the Web for unrestrainable
She would have been distressed at any time by this discovery of the letters; but so much so, and in that unrestrainable way?Little Dorrit
The sounds poured and rolled in unrestrainable, overwhelming waves.From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan
Helena Pretrovna Blavatsky
The Flamingo was worked into dock, and a cheering crowd surged aboard of her in unrestrainable thousands.A Master of Fortune
There is something inevitable, unrestrainable about the great books; they seemed to come despite the author.Adventures In Contentment
The lovely, firm, red lips became creased from unrestrainable happiness at sight of him.The Awakening
Leo Nikoleyevich Tolstoy
- to hold (someone) back from some action, esp by force
- to deprive (someone) of liberty, as by imprisonment
- to limit or restrict
Word Origin and History for unrestrainable
mid-14c., from stem of Old French restreindre "press, push together; curb, bridle; bandage" (12c.), from Latin restringere "draw back tightly, confine, check" (see restriction). Related: Restrained; restraining.
That which we restrain we keep within limits; that which we restrict we keep within certain definite limits; that which we repress we try to put out of existence. [Century Dictionary, 1902]