- o·ver·re·straint, noun
- pre·re·straint, noun
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How to use restraint in a sentence
They placed him in restraints and took him to the Central Jail in downtown San Diego.Longtime Sheriff’s Employee Contradicts Official Account of Jail Death | Kelly Davis | September 3, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
When Romeo observed how the animals reacted to extended periods of stress — 30 minutes of restraint each day for seven days — the pattern was different.Puberty can repair the brain’s stress responses after hardship early in life | Esther Landhuis | August 28, 2020 | Science News
After the animals were released from the restraints, stress hormones surged higher in young rats than in adults.Puberty can repair the brain’s stress responses after hardship early in life | Esther Landhuis | August 28, 2020 | Science News
The rats endured the 30-minute restraint each day for seven days.
It’s navigating the balance between amazing graphics and technical restraints and finding a way to design within these limits.Epic Games’ Insane Video Game Graphics Demo Explained in Simple Terms | Aaron Frank | May 24, 2020 | Singularity Hub
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? | Jacob Siegel | December 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The giant bear flicked his ears and, with unmistakable restraint, swung away and disappeared into the trees.
He would have probably done both in much the same way: with elegance and restraint, yet radically.
The scene is written with a matter-of-fact restraint that lends it great power.Nigeria’s Larger-Than-Life Nobel Laureate Chronicles a Fascinating Life | Chimamanda Adichie | August 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Yet responses so far have been muted, with some activists calling for restraint.
This is often of great advantage, as the strength of repose is expressed to a great degree in restraint of movement.Expressive Voice Culture | Jessie Eldridge Southwick
“This accompanied it,” said Winifred, with a restraint that might have warned her hearer of the passion it strove to conceal.The Red Year | Louis Tracy
Freedom and courtesy were so well balanced in this society, that little restraint was put upon conversation.Skipper Worse | Alexander Lange Kielland
The restraint laid upon her was becoming more than she could bear, and she rebelled against it.The Cromptons | Mary J. Holmes
In time of trouble families generally like to be alone, all in all to each other; and a visitor is felt a constant restraint.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness | Florence Hartley
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
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