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. Kenosha County:

    I don't think I'm inclined toward prior restraint, let the evidence show what the evidence shows. And if the evidence shows that any or more than one of these people were engaged in arson, rioting or looting, then I'm not going to tell the defense they can't call them that.

  2. John Milton:

    Here the great art lies, to discern in what the law is to be to restraint and punishment, and in what things persuasion only is to work.

  3. General Vincent Brooks:

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

  4. Jeffrey Kingston:

    The media did, in recent years, play a much more positive role in ... making people in power squirm. In the Abe era, they have begun pulling back, there is a chilling atmosphere that encourages media organizations to exercise self-restraint.

  5. Thomas Jefferson:

    The press, confined to truth, needs no other legal restraint.

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