Definitions for: Restraint


[n] the act controlling by restraining someone or something; "the unlawful restraint of trade"
[n] a device that stops something from moving; "the car did not have proper restraints fitted"
[n] lack of ornamentation; "the room was simply decorated with great restraint"
[n] discipline in personal and social activities; "he was a model of polite restraint"; "she never lost control of herself"
[n] a rule or condition that limits freedom; "legal restraints"; "restraints imposed on imports"
[n] the state of being physically constrained; "dogs should be kept under restraint"



Webster (1913) Definition: Re*straint", n. [OF. restraincte, fr. restrainct, F.
restreint, p. p. of restraindre, restrendre. See Restrain.]
1. The act or process of restraining, or of holding back or
hindering from motion or action, in any manner; hindrance
of the will, or of any action, physical or mental.

No man was altogether above the restrains of law,
and no man altogether below its protection.
--Macaulay.

2. The state of being restrained.

3. That which restrains, as a law, a prohibition, or the
like; limitation; restriction.

For one restraint, lords of the world besides.
--Milton.

Syn: Repression; hindrance; check; stop; curb;?oercion;
confinement; limitation; restriction.

Synonyms: chasteness, constraint, constraint, control, simplicity

Antonyms: unrestraint

See Also: air bag, airbrake, arrester, arrester hook, band, bond, brake, brake pads, brake shoe, bridle, cage, catch, chain, check, collar, confinement, confinement, containment, continence, control, curb, curtailment, damper, device, discipline, dive brake, drogue, fastener, fastening, fixing, gag, hamper, holdfast, ignition lock, immobilisation, immobilization, immobilizing, inhibition, lead, leash, life belt, limitation, lock, moderation, muzzle, plainness, restraint of trade, restriction, restriction, safety belt, safety harness, sea anchor, self-restraint, shackle, shoe, stop, suppression, temperance, temperateness, tether, trammel, trammels

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