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
Examples of restraint
Make sure the child safety restraint is in place.
The prisoner was placed in restraints.
His angry response showed a lack of restraint.
The government has acted with restraint in dealing with this crisis.
Origin of restraint
Middle English, from Anglo-French restreinte, from restreindre
First Known Use: 15th century
RESTRAINT Defined for Kids
Definition of restraint
1 : the act of stopping or holding back : the state of being stopped or held back
2 : a force or influence that stops or holds back
3 : control over thoughts or feelings <You're angry, but show restraint.>
Medical Definition of restraint
: a device that restricts movement <restraints such as straitjackets for violent patients>
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