What does restraint mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. restraintnoun

    the act of controlling by restraining someone or something

    "the unlawful restraint of trade"

  2. restraint, controlnoun

    discipline in personal and social activities

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

  3. constraint, restraintnoun

    the state of being physically constrained

    "dogs should be kept under restraint"

  4. restraintnoun

    a rule or condition that limits freedom

    "legal restraints"; "restraints imposed on imports"

  5. chasteness, restraint, simplicity, simplenessnoun

    lack of ornamentation

    "the room was simply decorated with great restraint"

  6. restraint, constraintnoun

    a device that retards something's motion

    "the car did not have proper restraints fitted"


  1. restraintnoun

    something that restrains, ties, fastens or secures

    Make sure all the restraints are tight.

  2. restraintnoun

    control or caution; reserve

    Try to exercise restraint when talking to your boss.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Restraintnoun

    Etymology: from restrain;restreint, Fr.

    She will well excuse,
    Why at this time the doors are barr’d against you;
    Depart in patience,
    And about evening come yourself alone,
    To know the reason of this strange restraint. William Shakespeare.

    I request
    Th’ enfranchisement of Arthur, whose restraint
    Doth move the murm’ring lips of discontent. William Shakespeare.

    It is to no purpose to lay restraints or give privileges to men, in such general terms, as the particular persons concerned cannot be known by. John Locke.

    I think it a manifest disadvantage, and a great restraint upon us. Henry Felton, on the Classicks.

    What mov’d our parents to transgress his will
    For one restraint, lords of the world besides? John Milton.

    If all were granted, yet it must be maintained within any bold restraints, far otherwise than it is received. Brown.

    There is no restraint to the Lord to save, by many or by few. 1 Sam. xiv. 6.

    Thus it shall befal
    Him who, to worth in women overtrusting,
    Lets her will rule; restraint she will not brook. John Milton.

    Is there any thing, which reflects a greater lustre upon a man’s person, than a severe temperance and a restraint of himself from vicious pleasures? South.


  1. restraint

    Restraint is the act of limiting, controlling, or preventing someone's actions, behaviors, or desires. It can refer to a device used to restrict movement or a personal quality of self-discipline or self-control. It can also refer to a measure taken to keep a situation under control or within limits.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Restraintnoun

    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. Restraintnoun

    the state of being restrained

  3. Restraintnoun

    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

Anagrams for restraint »

  1. retransit

  2. transiter

  3. trainster

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  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

Examples of restraint in a Sentence

  1. Evan Garcia:

    Just look at the photographs, these are huge activities that are designed to change the status quo, it is not helpful in terms of finding a way forward and it is not an example of what anybody would understand as self-restraint.

  2. The Dhammapada:

    In the body restraint is good; good is restraint in speech; in thought restraint is good: good is restraint in all things.

  3. Jay Nixon:

    While none of us knows what that (decision) will be, our shared hope and expectation is that, regardless of the decision, people on all sides show tolerance, mutual respect and restraint, this is not the time to turn on each other.

  4. Tim Ryan:

    Director Mulvaney should turn his calls for spending restraint toward the Trump Administration’s mounting spending scandals involving the obscene waste of taxpayer money, i didn’t hear any calls for restraint from Director Mulvaney when the Administration used taxpayer dollars to buy a $43,000 phone booth or a $31,000 dining room table. Where is Director Mulvaney while the Administration is piling-up private jet costs and taking $120,000 Italian vacations — all on the government dime?

  5. Jason Kenney:

    We'll have to certainly look at potentially continued spending restraint. For example, we've had an operating spending freeze. The finance minister may have to look at extending that.

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