Definition of Restraint

1. Noun. The act of controlling by restraining someone or something. "The unlawful restraint of trade"

2. Noun. Discipline in personal and social activities. "She never lost control of herself"
Exact synonyms: Control
Generic synonyms: Discipline
Specialized synonyms: Self-restraint, Temperateness, Moderation, Temperance, Inhibition, Continence
Antonyms: Unrestraint

3. Noun. The state of being physically constrained. "Dogs should be kept under restraint"
Exact synonyms: Constraint
Generic synonyms: Confinement
Specialized synonyms: Cage
Derivative terms: Restrain

4. Noun. A rule or condition that limits freedom. "Restraints imposed on imports"
Generic synonyms: Limitation, Restriction
Specialized synonyms: Floodgate

5. Noun. Lack of ornamentation. "The room was simply decorated with great restraint"
Exact synonyms: Chasteness, Simpleness, Simplicity
Generic synonyms: Plainness
Derivative terms: Chaste, Simple, Simple

6. Noun. A device that retards something's motion. "The car did not have proper restraints fitted"

Definition of Restraint

1. n. 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.

Definition of Restraint

1. Noun. something that restrains, ties, fastens or secures ¹

2. Noun. control or caution; reserve ¹

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Definition of Restraint

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Medical Definition of Restraint

1. 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) Synonym: Repression, hindrance, check, stop, curb,oercion, confinement, limitation, restriction. Origin: OF. Restraincte, fr. Restrainct, F. Restreint, p. P. Of restraindre, restrendre. See Restrain. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Restraint

restrained beam
restraining order
restraint of trade
restraints of trade

Literary usage of Restraint

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1886)
"If there is no restraint, there is no right in the civil court to interfere. Its power then extends no further than to release the prisoner. ..."

2. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by American Neurological Association, Philadelphia Neurological Society, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association, Boston Society of Psychiatry and Neurology (1882)
"ON Restraint AND SECLUSION IN AMERICAN INSTITUTIONS FOR THE INSANE. BY HM BANNISTER AND HN MOVER. THE literature of the discussion of restraint and non- ..."

3. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1904)
"Whatever restraint Is larger than the necessary protection of the party can be of ... Contracts In restraint of trade and contracts eliminating competition, ..."

4. The Lancet (1842)
"It has ever been the practice of the medical officers to use as little restraint as was deemed compatible with the safety of the patient, or the protection ..."

5. Principles of the English Law of Contract and of Agency in Its Relation to by William Reynell Anson (1884)
"M.&G. . , Agreement* in restraint of trade. Restraint It is against the policy of the law that a man should deprive himself of the means of exercising his ..."

6. The Social Welfare Forum: Official Proceedings ... Annual Forum by National Conference on Social Welfare, American Social Science Association, Conference of Charities (U.S., Conference of Charities (U.S.), National Conference of Social Work (U.S. (1878)
"The Association has also said that " the attempt to abandon entirely the use of all means of personal restraint is not sanctioned by the true interests of ..."

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