restraint

noun

re·​straint ri-ˈstrānt How to pronounce restraint (audio)
1
a
: 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

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Alphabet has vowed to scale back its hiring, but didn't show much restraint during the summer months. Michael Liedtke, ajc, 25 Oct. 2022 But after initially showing restraint, the military resorted to the type of violence that has been its hallmark for decades: firing on protesters, burning down homes, and torturing individuals under arrest. Timothy Mclaughlin, The Atlantic, 7 Dec. 2021 But what ultimately saves the film is Hathaway's remarkable restraint in conveying Kym's deep pain and remorse over an unimaginable family tragedy. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, 4 Nov. 2022 The product is always treated with respect and restraint. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 4 Nov. 2022 These are not sloppy, mawkish performances, and Bercot blesses their restraint with a pietà that is the year’s visual epiphany. Armond White, National Review, 2 Nov. 2022 Democrats control of Congress, and some prominent lawmakers in his party have started to publicly urge the Fed to show restraint. Jonnelle Marte, Fortune, 2 Nov. 2022 He was arrested by Bristol police and charged with two violations of probation from previous assault and unlawful restraint convictions. Mike Mavredakis, Hartford Courant, 1 Nov. 2022 Coroner’s officials concluded that Eric Briceno, 39, died of cardiopulmonary arrest, resulting from neck compression and restraint with a Taser. Alene Tchekmedyianstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 1 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English, from Anglo-French restreinte, from restreindre

First Known Use

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

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

Dictionary Entries Near restraint

Cite this Entry

“Restraint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/restraint. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

restraint

noun

re·​straint ri-ˈstrānt How to pronounce restraint (audio)
1
: the act of restraining : the state of being restrained
held in restraint
2
: a restraining force or influence
3
: control over one's behavior
act with restraint

Medical Definition

restraint

noun

re·​straint ri-ˈstrānt How to pronounce restraint (audio)
: a device that restricts movement
restraints such as straitjackets for violent patients

Legal Definition

restraint

noun

re·​straint ri-ˈstrānt How to pronounce restraint (audio)
1
a
: an act or fact of restraining see also prior restraint
b
: the state of being restrained
2
a
: a means of restraining
b
: a device that restricts movement (as of prisoners or violent psychiatric patients)

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