What does restraint mean?

Definitions for restraintrɪˈstreɪnt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word restraint.

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"


  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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of restraint in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of restraint in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Thucyclides:

    Of all manifestations of power, restraint impresses men the most.

  2. Ertugrul Apakan:

    It is regrettable that the sides did not heed our many calls for restraint.

  3. General Vincent Brooks:

    Self-restraint, which is a choice, is all that separates armistice and war.

  4. Paul Stronski:

    It's time that people start to show some political restraint to rein this in on both sides.

  5. Mame Dior Diop:

    We have enough shown restraint in this case. It's high time we showed what we are capable of.

Images & Illustrations of restraint

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