Definitions for restraintrɪˈstreɪnt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a restraining action or influence.

  2. a means of restraining.

  3. a device that restrains, as a harness.

  4. the act of restraining.

  5. the state or fact of being restrained; confinement.

  6. constraint or reserve, as in behavior.

Origin of restraint:

1350–1400; ME restreinte < MF restrainte, n. use of fem. ptp. of restraindre to restrain

Princeton's WordNet

  1. restraint(noun)

    the act of controlling by restraining someone or something

    "the unlawful restraint of trade"

  2. restraint, control(noun)

    discipline in personal and social activities

    "he was a model of polite restraint"; "she never lost control of herself"

  3. constraint, restraint(noun)

    the state of being physically constrained

    "dogs should be kept under restraint"

  4. restraint(noun)

    a rule or condition that limits freedom

    "legal restraints"; "restraints imposed on imports"

  5. chasteness, restraint, simplicity, simpleness(noun)

    lack of ornamentation

    "the room was simply decorated with great restraint"

  6. restraint, constraint(noun)

    a device that retards something's motion

    "the car did not have proper restraints fitted"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. restraint(noun)ɪˈstreɪnt

    control over your emotions and actions; = self-control

    You need to show more restraint and drink less.; The army should act with restraint.

  2. restraintɪˈstreɪnt

    a limitation

    restraints on coastal development

  3. restraintɪˈstreɪnt

    when sb is being held so that they cannot move

    the use of restraint during an arrest; physical restraint

  4. restraintɪˈstreɪnt

    a strap that holds sb or sth in a position

    safety restraints in a child's car seat; prisoners in restraints


  1. restraint(Noun)

    something that restrains, ties, fastens or secures

    Make sure all the restraints are tight.

  2. restraint(Noun)

    control or caution; reserve

    Try to exercise restraint when talking to your boss.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Restraint(noun)

    the act or process of restraining, or of holding back or hindering from motion or action, in any manner; hindrance of the will, or of any action, physical or mental

  2. Restraint(noun)

    the state of being restrained

  3. Restraint(noun)

    that which restrains, as a law, a prohibition, or the like; limitation; restriction


  1. Restraint

    Restraint is a 2008 Australian thriller film, directed by David Denneen, written by Dave Warner and starring Stephen Moyer, Travis Fimmel and Teresa Palmer. The film was shot on location around New South Wales, Australia in mid-2005. Working titles during production were Ravenswood, Guests and Power Surge. It also features a cameo by Vanessa Redgrave.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. restraint

    In the context of joint operation planning, a requirement placed on the command by a higher command that prohibits an action, thus restricting freedom of action. See also constraint; operational limitation.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'restraint' in Nouns Frequency: #2335

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