- restoring spring,
- restraining order,
- restraint of trade,
- restraint order
Origin of restrained
verb (used with or without object)
Origin of re-strain
verb (used with object)
Origin of restrain
Examples from the Web for restrained
The Indian navy was so eager to strike it had to be restrained by the high command.
His movie producer character, Bobby Gould, is restrained but still crackling with energy.
The worst part is that Focus on the Family is restrained compared to other Christian conservative child-rearing advice.The Adrian Peterson Beating and the Christian Right's Love of Corporal Punishment|Amanda Marcotte|September 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“We can use rooftop solar to alleviate areas where supply is restrained,” he said.
He is in his late forties; intelligent, people say, but stiff and restrained, an eternal bachelor.Adam Hochschild on Keeping Company With His Dying Father|Adam Hochschild|June 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He felt a burning curiosity to rise and look out, but he restrained it and did not move.The Candidate|Joseph Alexander Altsheler
He trembled, but the shaman seized his arm and restrained him.The Delight Makers|Adolf Bandelier
The story adds that they were restrained by their commander, and that their enforced sobriety proved the saving of the fort.Historic Handbook of the Northern Tour|Francis Parkman
Ruth restrained a strong wish to tell him exactly what she had seen.Ruth Fielding in the Great Northwest|Alice B. Emerson
A great longing took possession of her to step forward and speak to him, but she restrained herself almost by force.Beatrice|H. Rider Haggard
Word Origin for restrain
"repressed, kept under control," 1570s, past participle adjective from restrain.
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]