[ ri-streynt ]
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  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.

  1. the act of restraining, holding back, controlling, or checking.

  2. the state or fact of being restrained; deprivation of liberty; confinement.

  3. 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

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Other words from restraint

  • o·ver·re·straint, noun
  • pre·re·straint, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for restraint


/ (rɪˈstreɪnt) /

  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

  1. something that restrains; restriction

Origin of restraint

C15: from Old French restreinte, from restreindre to restrain

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