noun re·straint \ri-ˈstrānt\

: a way of limiting, controlling, or stopping something

: a device that limits a person's movement

: control over your emotions or behavior

Full Definition of RESTRAINT

a :  an act of restraining :  the state of being restrained
b (1) :  a means of restraining :  a restraining force or influence
(2) :  a device that restricts movement <a restraint for children riding in cars>
:  a control over the expression of one's emotions or thoughts

Examples of RESTRAINT

  1. Make sure the child safety restraint is in place.
  2. The prisoner was placed in restraints.
  3. His angry response showed a lack of restraint.
  4. The government has acted with restraint in dealing with this crisis.


Middle English, from Anglo-French restreinte, from restreindre
First Known Use: 15th century


noun re·straint \ri-ˈstrānt\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of RESTRAINT

:  a device that restricts movement <restraints such as straitjackets for violent patients>
May 23, 2015
debouch Hear it
to emerge or cause to emerge
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