[ ri-streynt ]
/ rɪˈstreɪnt /


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

1350–1400; Middle English restreinte < Middle French restrainte, noun use of feminine past participle of restraindre to restrain


o·ver·re·straint, nounpre·re·straint, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for restraint

/ (rɪˈstreɪnt) /


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 for restraint

C15: from Old French restreinte, from restreindre to restrain
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Medical definitions for restraint

[ rĭ-strānt ]


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.
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