restraint

noun
re·​straint | \ri-ˈstrānt \

Definition of restraint 

1a : 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 : a control over the expression of one's emotions or thoughts

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Examples of restraint in a Sentence

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web

There were no restraints on Facebook from doing this. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "Sen. Mark Warner on breaking up Facebook and Congress’ plan to regulate tech," 5 Nov. 2018 Evans has not attacked her over the issue, but both campaigns acknowledge Republicans won’t show similar restraint. Greg Bluestein, ajc, "Today is the last day of early voting in Georgia: Catch up on the governor’s race.," 18 May 2018 Some of America's closest allies in western Europe, after having shunned the embassy inauguration, are calling on Israel to exercise restraint. latimes.com, "Today: Festivities and Fury," 15 May 2018 Will the front office show some restraint in handing out contracts to veterans? Rohan Nadkarni, SI.com, "David Fizdale Needs Time and Support to Steer Knicks to Prominence," 3 May 2018 Also, what restraint the Braves show in serving the pork rinds on the side. Ted Berg, For The Win, "All 30 foods at MLB's new 'FoodFest,' ranked by how much I want to try them," 13 Mar. 2018 The Four’s unchecked power manifests most often as a restraint of competition. Scott Galloway, Esquire, "Silicon Valley’s Tax-Avoiding, Job-Killing, Soul-Sucking Machine," 8 Feb. 2018 That included one case where the district paid $1.75 million to the family of an autistic boy who suffered two fractured femurs — a life-threatening injury — during a restraint. Allison Ross, The Courier-Journal, "JCPS allowed abusive employees to go unpunished and back into classrooms, report says," 4 Jan. 2018 The reason for restraint, the Treasury said, is that China hasn’t intervened significantly in its currency markets in recent quarters. Josh Zumbrun, WSJ, "U.S. Criticizes China’s Currency Practices, but Doesn’t Add Manipulator Designation," 18 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of restraint

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for restraint

Middle English, from Anglo-French restreinte, from restreindre

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restraint

noun

English Language Learners 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

restraint

noun
re·​straint | \ri-ˈstrānt \

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.

restraint

noun
re·​straint | \ri-ˈstrānt \

Medical Definition of restraint 

: a device that restricts movement restraints such as straitjackets for violent patients

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restraint

noun
re·​straint | \ri-ˈstrānt \

Legal Definition of restraint 

1a : an act or fact of restraining — see also prior restraint

b : the state of being restrained

2a : a means of restraining

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

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