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Webster 1913 Edition


Restraint

Re-straint′

,
Noun.
[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;[GREEK]oercion; confinement; limitation; restriction.

Webster 1828 Edition


Restraint

RESTRA'INT

, n.
1.
The act or operation of holding back or hindering from motion, in any manner; hinderance of the will, or of any action, physical, moral or mental.
2.
Abridgment of liberty; as the restraint of a man by imprisonment or by duress.
3.
Prohibition. The commands of God should be effectual restraints upon our evil passions.
4.
Limitation; restriction.
If all were granted, yet it must be maintained, within any bold restraints, far otherwise than it is received.
5.
That which restrains, hinders or represses. The laws are restraints upon injustice.

Definition 2022


restraint

restraint

English

Noun

restraint (countable and uncountable, plural restraints)

  1. (countable) something that restrains, ties, fastens or secures
    Make sure all the restraints are tight.
  2. (uncountable) control or caution; reserve
    Try to exercise restraint when talking to your boss.

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