Definition of restraint
- a restraint for children riding in cars
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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First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
: a way of limiting, controlling, or stopping something
: a device that limits a person's movement
: control over your emotions or behavior
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