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Definition of RESTRAINT

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Restraint \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. [1913 Webster]

              No man was altogether above the restrains of law, and no man altogether below its protection.
                                                    --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

     2. The state of being restrained.
        [1913 Webster]

     3. That which restrains, as a law, a prohibition, or the like; limitation; restriction. [1913 Webster]

              For one restraint, lords of the world besides.
                                                    --Milton. [1913 Webster]

     Syn: Repression; hindrance; check; stop; curb;?oercion; confinement; limitation; restriction. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

304 Moby Thesaurus words for "restraint": Atticism, Oregon boat, abnegation, absolutism, abstinence, aloofness, aplomb, appropriateness, arrest, arrestation, arrestment, assurance, backwardness, balance, ban, bashfulness, bilbo, blankness, block, blockage, blocking, bond, bond service, bondage, bonds, bounds, bracelets, bridle, caging, calm, calmness, camisole, captivity, censorship, chains, chasteness, chastity, check, chilliness, circumscription, clarity, classicalism, classicism, clearness, clogging, closing up, closure, coaction, coldness, collar, comeliness, composure, compulsion, compulsiveness, confidence, confinement, conservatism, constraint, constriction, continence, control, cool, coolness, correctness, cramp, cuffs, curb, curtailment, debt slavery, delay, delimitation, deprivation of freedom, detachment, detainment, detention, dignity, directness, discipline, discreetness, discretion, discrimination, disenfranchisement, disfranchisement, dispassion, distance, distinction, domination, ease, elegance, elegancy, embargo, enforcement, enslavement, enthrallment, equability, equanimity, equilibrium, evenness, expressionlessness, felicitousness, felicity, fetter, fetters, feudalism, feudality, finish, fittingness, fixation, flow, flowing periods, fluency, foot-dragging, forbearance, forcing, frigidity, frostiness, frugality, gag, gentleness, golden mean, good taste, grace, gracefulness, gracility, guardedness, gyves, halter, hamper, hampering, handcuffs, happy medium, helotism, helotry, hindering, hindrance, hobbles, holdback, holdup, hopples, iciness, impartiality, impassiveness, impassivity, impediment, impersonality, impoundment, inaccessibility, indentureship, independence, inevitability, inhibition, interdict, interdiction, interference, interruption, introversion, irons, irresistibility, judiciousness, juste-milieu, leading strings, leash, lenity, let, level head, levelheadedness, limit, limitation, limpidity, lockup, lucidity, manacle, meden agan, middle way, mildness, moderateness, moderation, moderationism, modesty, muzzle, naturalness, neatness, necessity, negativism, neutrality, nonviolence, nothing in excess, nuisance value, obligation, obligement, obstruction, obstructionism, occlusion, opposition, pacifism, pellucidity, penning, peonage, perspicuity, pillory, plainness, poise, polish, possession, presence of mind, propriety, proscription, prudence, psychological block, purity, quietness, refinement, rein, reins, remoteness, renouncement, renunciation, repose, repression, reserve, reservedness, resistance, restrainedness, restraints, restriction, retardation, retardment, reticence, reticency, retirement, retiring disposition, seemliness, self-abnegation, self-assurance, self-command, self-confidence, self-conquest, self-control, self-denial, self-discipline, self-government, self-mastery, self-possession, self-restraint, serenity, serfdom, serfhood, servility, servitude, setback, shackle, shackles, simplicity, slavery, smoothness, soberness, sobriety, sophrosyne, squeeze, stability, standoffishness, steadiness, stocks, straightforwardness, straightjacket, strait-waistcoat, straitjacket, stranglehold, stricture, subduedness, subjection, subjugation, suppression, taboo, taste, tastefulness, temperance, temperateness, terseness, tether, thrall, thralldom, trammel, trammels, tranquillity, tyranny, unaffability, unaffectedness, unapproachability, uncongeniality, undemonstrativeness, understatement, unexcessiveness, unexpansiveness, unextravagance, unextremeness, unobtrusiveness, vassalage, via media, villenage, well-regulated mind, withdrawal, withdrawnness, yoke


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