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restraint

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noun re·straint \ri-ˈstrānt\

Simple Definition of restraint

  • : a way of limiting, controlling, or stopping something

  • : a device that limits a person's movement

  • : control over your emotions or behavior

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of restraint

  1. 1 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>

  2. 2 :  a control over the expression of one's emotions or thoughts

Examples of restraint in a sentence

  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.



Origin and Etymology of restraint

Middle English, from Anglo-French restreinte, from restreindre


First Known Use: 15th century



RESTRAINT Defined for Kids

restraint

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noun re·straint \ri-ˈstrānt\

Definition of restraint for Students

  1. 1 :  the act of stopping or holding back :  the state of being stopped or held back

  2. 2 :  a force or influence that stops or holds back

  3. 3 :  control over thoughts or feelings <You're angry, but show restraint.>




Medical Dictionary

restraint

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noun re·straint \ri-ˈstrānt\

Medical Definition of restraint

  1. :  a device that restricts movement <restraints such as straitjackets for violent patients>




Law Dictionary

restraint

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noun re·straint \ri-ˈstrānt\

Legal Definition of restraint

  1. 1a :  an act or fact of restraining — see also prior restraint b :  the state of being restrained

  2. 2a :  a means of restraining b :  a device that restricts movement (as of prisoners or violent psychiatric patients)





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