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Definition 1: the act of controlling by restraining someone or something - [noun denoting act]

Samples where restraint or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the unlawful restraint of trade

(restraint is a kind of ...) the activity of managing or exerting control over something

"the control of the mob by the police was admirable"

(... is a kind of restraint ) any act that tends to prevent free competition in business

(... is a kind of restraint ) the act of withholding or withdrawing some book or writing from publication or circulation

"a suppression of the newspaper"

(... is a kind of restraint ) the act of containing; keeping something from spreading

"the containment of the AIDS epidemic" "the containment of the rebellion"

(... is a kind of restraint ) the act of restraining of a person's liberty by confining them

(... is a kind of restraint ) the act of limiting movement or making incapable of movement

"the storm caused complete immobilization of the rescue team"

(... is a kind of restraint ) the act of restraining power or action or limiting excess

"his common sense is a bridle to his quick temper"

(... is a kind of restraint ) a depressing restraint

"rain put a damper on our picnic plans"

(... is a kind of restraint ) a figurative restraint

"asked for a collar on program trading in the stock market" "kept a tight leash on his emotions" "he's always gotten a long leash"

(... is a kind of restraint ) the act of keeping something within specified bounds (by force if necessary)

"the restriction of the infection to a focal area"

Definition 2: a device that retards something's motion - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where restraint or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the car did not have proper restraints fitted

Synonyms for restraint in the sense of this definition

(restraint is a kind of ...) an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose

"the device is small enough to wear on your wrist" "a device intended to conserve water"

(... is a kind of restraint ) restraint that attaches to something or holds something in place

(... is a kind of restraint ) restraint put into a person's mouth to prevent speaking or shouting

(... is a kind of restraint ) restraint consisting of a rope (or light chain) used to restrain an animal

(... is a kind of restraint ) a restraint incorporated into the ignition switch to prevent the use of a vehicle by persons who do not have the key

(... is a kind of restraint ) a leather or wire restraint that fits over an animal's snout (especially a dog's nose and jaws) and prevents it from eating or biting

(... is a kind of restraint ) belt attaching you to some object as a restraint in order to prevent you from getting hurt

(... is a kind of restraint ) restraint consisting of a canvas covered frame that floats behind a vessel; prevents drifting or maintains the heading into a wind

(... is a kind of restraint ) a restraint that confines or restricts freedom (especially something used to tie down or restrain a prisoner)

(... is a kind of restraint ) a safety restraint in an automobile; the bag inflates on collision and prevents the driver or passenger from being thrown forward

(... is a kind of restraint ) anything that acts as a restraint

(... is a kind of restraint ) a small parachute or articulated flap to reduce the speed of an aircraft

(... is a kind of restraint ) a restraint that slows airplanes as they land on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier

(... is a kind of restraint ) a restraint put around something to hold it together

(... is a kind of restraint ) a restraint used to slow or stop a vehicle

(... is a kind of restraint ) anything that slows or hinders a process

"she wan not ready to put the brakes on her life with a marriage" "new legislation will put the brakes on spending"

(... is a kind of restraint ) one of the pads that apply friction to both sides of the brake disk

(... is a kind of restraint ) a restraint provided when the brake linings are moved hydraulically against the brake drum to retard the wheel's rotation

(... is a kind of restraint ) a restraint that checks the motion of something

"he used a book as a stop to hold the door open"

(... is a kind of restraint ) a restraint that is used to teach a horse to amble

Definition 3: discipline in personal and social activities - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where restraint or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he was a model of polite restraint
  • she never lost control of herself

Synonyms for restraint in the sense of this definition

(restraint is a kind of ...) the trait of being well behaved

"he insisted on discipline among the troops"

(... is a kind of restraint ) exhibiting restraint imposed on the self

"an effective temperateness in debate"

(... is a kind of restraint ) the trait of avoiding excesses

(... is a kind of restraint ) the quality of being inhibited

(... is a kind of restraint ) voluntary control over urinary and fecal discharge

Definition 4: lack of ornamentation - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where restraint or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the room was simply decorated with great restraint

Synonyms for restraint in the sense of this definition

(restraint is a kind of ...) the appearance of being plain and unpretentious

Definition 5: a rule or condition that limits freedom - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where restraint or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • legal restraints
  • restraints imposed on imports

(restraint is a kind of ...) a principle that limits the extent of something

"I am willing to accept certain restrictions on my movements"

(... is a kind of restraint ) something that restrains a flood or outpouring

"suspension of surveillance opened the floodgates to illegal immigrants"

Definition 6: the state of being physically constrained - [noun denoting state]

Samples where restraint or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • dogs should be kept under restraint

Synonyms for restraint in the sense of this definition

(restraint is a kind of ...) the state of being confined

"he was held in confinement"

(... is a kind of restraint ) something that restricts freedom as a cage restricts movement

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