restraint

noun
re·​straint | \ ri-ˈstrānt How to pronounce restraint (audio) \

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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Foreign governments and international organizations have called for restraint—and now, so have some medical journals. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz India, "A British journal has upset a lot of Indians by weighing in on Kashmir," 19 Aug. 2019 Pantaleo initially tried to use two approved restraint tactics on Garner, much larger at 6-foot-2 and about 400 pounds but ended up wrapping his arm around Garner’s neck for about seven seconds during the struggle. Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY, "Police officer in Eric Garner's death, Daniel Pantaleo, should be fired, NYPD judge says," 2 Aug. 2019 The passenger was arrested on the warrants and also charged with failure to provide a proper child restraint system for her child. cleveland.com, "Man, 50, arrested for arranging sexual meet-up with boy, 15: Solon Police Blotter," 12 July 2019 Frontal airbags, typically the realm of front-seat supplemental restraint systems, are being developed by Mercedes-Benz for rear-seat passengers. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "An Airbag for the Back Seat? Mercedes-Benz Is Developing a Clever One," 22 May 2019 She was taken into custody and charged with reckless endangerment and unlawful restraint, as well as breaching the peace. Emily Sweeney, BostonGlobe.com, "Woman trapped inside luggage compartment of Peter Pan bus rescued after calling 911; driver charged," 5 Aug. 2019 Over the years, English readers have interpreted her restraint, her carefulness about making things up, for a quirky interest in surfaces. Abhrajyoti Chakraborty, The New Republic, "Natalia Ginzburg’s Radical Clarity," 5 Aug. 2019 Police later arrested Wendy Alberty, 49, from East Lyme, Conn., and charged her with unlawful restraint, reckless endangerment and breach of peace, according to WFSB. Fox News, "Bus driver arrested after locking passenger in luggage compartment, CT police say," 5 Aug. 2019 One of the officers also placed flex cuffs (restraints similar to nylon zip ties) around Timpa's ankles. Cary Aspinwall, Dallas News, "Police responded to his 911 call for help. He died. What happened to Tony Timpa?," 2 Aug. 2019

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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

somewhat formal : a way of limiting, controlling, or stopping something
formal : a device that limits a person's movement
: control over your emotions or behavior

restraint

noun
re·​straint | \ ri-ˈstrānt How to pronounce restraint (audio) \

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 How to pronounce restraint (audio) \

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 How to pronounce restraint (audio) \

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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