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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Recent Examples on the Web State prosecutors say Thao held back bystanders and kept them from intervening during the 9 1/2-minute restraint. Amy Forliti And Michael Balsamo, Chron, "4 ex-cops indicted on US civil rights charges in Floyd death," 7 May 2021 State prosecutors say Thao held back bystanders and kept them from intervening during the 9 1/2-minute restraint. Time, "Four Former Minneapolis Police Officers Indicted on U.S. Civil Rights Charges for George Floyd's Death," 7 May 2021 State prosecutors say Thao held back bystanders and kept them from intervening during the 9 1/2-minute restraint. Amy Forliti, Anchorage Daily News, "Four former Minneapolis officers charged with federal civil rights violations in death of George Floyd," 7 May 2021 State prosecutors say Thao held back bystanders and kept them from intervening during the 9 1/2-minute restraint. Amy Forliti And Michael Balsamo, chicagotribune.com, "Federal grand jury indicts 4 former Minneapolis police officers on charges they violated George Floyd’s civil rights," 7 May 2021 State prosecutors say Thao held back bystanders and kept them from intervening during the 9 1/2-minute restraint. BostonGlobe.com, "Grand jury indicts four ex-officers involved in George Floyd death," 7 May 2021 Prosecutors also said Chauvin treated Floyd with particular cruelty during the lengthy restraint, saying Chauvin inflicted gratuitous pain and caused psychological distress to Floyd and to bystanders. NBC News, "Prosecutors seek tougher sentence for Derek Chauvin in George Floyd's death," 1 May 2021 Prosecutors also said Chauvin treated Floyd with particular cruelty during the lengthy restraint, saying Chauvin inflicted gratuitous pain and caused psychological distress to Floyd and to bystanders. Fox News, "George Floyd death: Prosecutors seek higher sentence for Derek Chauvin," 1 May 2021 The shoulder harness is a critical part of the seat-belt restraint. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Get the kids cleaning!," 29 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of restraint was in the 15th century

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12 May 2021

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“Restraint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/restraint. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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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