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Dictionary Definition

restraint

Noun

1 the of act controlling by restraining someone or something; "the unlawful restraint of trade"
2 discipline in personal and social activities; "he was a model of polite restraint"; "she never lost control of herself" [syn: control] [ant: unrestraint]
3 the state of being physically constrained; "dogs should be kept under restraint" [syn: constraint]
4 a rule or condition that limits freedom; "legal restraints"; "restraints imposed on imports"
5 lack of ornamentation; "the room was simply decorated with great restraint" [syn: chasteness, simplicity]
6 a device that retards something's motion; "the car did not have proper restraints fitted" [syn: constraint]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Noun

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

Translations

something that restrains, ties, fastens or secures
  • Finnish: side
  • Portuguese: amarra
control or caution; reserve
  • Finnish: itsehillintä, maltti, pidättyväisyys

Extensive Definition

wiktpar restraint

General

  • Physical restraint, the practice of rendering people helpless or keeping them in captivity by means such as handcuffs, ropes, straps, etc.
  • See safety harness
  • The use of any type of brake etc. to slow down or stop any moving machine or vehicle

In legal terminology

  • Restraint of trade, a restriction on a person's freedom to conduct business
  • Restraint on alienation, in property law, a clause that seeks to prohibit the recipient of property from transferring his or her interest
  • Judicial restraint, a theory of judicial interpretation that encourages judges to limit the exercise of their own power
  • Prior restraint, a government's actions that prevent materials from being distributed
  • Vertical restraints, agreements between firms or individuals at different levels of the production and distribution process haha u suck

See also

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