- 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
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Related Wordscontrol, restriction, constraint, self-restraint, moderation, caution, self-discipline, embargo, prohibition, reduction, limit, ban, curb, self-possession, coolness, self-denial, coercion, self-government, repression, compulsion
Examples from the Web for restraint
The restraint is banned according to NYPD regulations but it is not illegal.After No Indictment for Eric Garner Killer, Is NYC the Next Ferguson?
December 3, 2014
He would have probably done both in much the same way: with elegance and restraint, yet radically.How Oscar de la Renta Created First Lady Fashion
October 21, 2014
Yet responses so far have been muted, with some activists calling for restraint.The Uganda Ruling is Good For Everyone But Gays
August 1, 2014
Even the provocateurs, it would seem, recognize the need for some restraint.Israelis and Arabs Shaken by the Aftershock of Teen Murders
July 7, 2014
But an injured Israeli spirit is not one known for restraint.The Israeli Way of Death
July 2, 2014
So this part of my restraint was doubtless a stretch of the authority given him.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
And this idea of restraint was preying upon him, and he could not throw it off.Life in London
And that there can be nothing more painful than the restraint under which I am kept?The Imaginary Invalid
He cast a glance about him, his eye, avid with curiosity, held rigidly in restraint.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
And so great was his delight that he cast aside all restraint.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
- the ability to control or moderate one's impulses, passions, etcto show restraint
- the act of restraining or the state of being restrained
- something that restrains; restriction
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.
- An instrument or a means of restraint to prevent the infliction of harm to self or others, such as a straightjacket.
- Control or repression of feelings; constraint.