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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The seat belt automatic locking retractors may deactivate early, which can prevent the child restraint system from securing properly. Detroit Free Press, 21 Aug. 2021 The lawsuit also accused them of failing to provide a proper restraint system. Fox News, 25 Apr. 2022 Both individuals were able to slip through the restraint opening without any assistance. NBC News, 25 Apr. 2022 Elsewhere in the report, at least two primates accidentally hung themselves while in restraint chairs. Claire Rafford, The Indianapolis Star, 22 Apr. 2022 According to the report, the harness on one of the seats was manually loosened to to allow a restraint opening of near 7 inches -- about 4 inches more than the normal opening range for the restraints. Alexandra Meeks, CNN, 19 Apr. 2022 The video showed that James was taken out of the cell and placed in an emergency restraint chair, then taken to the showering area to wash the pepper spray from his face. Drake Bentley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 19 Mar. 2022 The driver was cited with two counts of failure to use a child restraint system and one count of failure to wear a seatbelt. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland, 5 Feb. 2022 The seat belt automatic locking retractors may deactivate early, which can prevent the child restraint system from securing properly. Detroit Free Press, 21 Aug. 2021 See More

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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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12 May 2022

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“Restraint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/restraint. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for restraint

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

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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