American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act of restraining or the condition of being restrained.
- n. Loss or abridgment of freedom.
- n. An influence that inhibits or restrains; a limitation.
- n. An instrument or a means of restraining.
- n. Control or repression of feelings; constraint.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of restraining, or of holding back or hindering from action or motion, in any manner; hindrance of any action, physical, moral, or mental.
- n. The state of being repressed, curbed, or held back in any way; specifically, abridgment of liberty; confinement; detention.
- n. Repression of extravagance, exaggeration, or vehemence; constraint in manner or style; reserve.
- n. That which restrains, limits, hinders, or represses; a limitation, restriction, or prohibition.
- n. Restriction; limitation, as in application or definition.
- n. In dynamics, an absolute geometrical condition supposed to be precisely fulfilled: thus, a body moving upon an unyielding surface is subject to a restraint.
- n. Synonyms and Constraint, Coercion, etc. (see force, n), repression, check, stop, curb, hold-back.
- n. countable something that restrains, ties, fastens or secures
- n. uncountable control or caution; reserve
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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.
- n. The state of being restrained.
- n. That which restrains, as a law, a prohibition, or the like; limitation; restriction.
- n. a device that retards something's motion
- n. lack of ornamentation
- n. the act of controlling by restraining someone or something
- n. discipline in personal and social activities
- n. a rule or condition that limits freedom
- n. the state of being physically constrained
- Middle English restreinte, from Old French restrainte, from feminine past participle of restraindre, to restrain; see restrain. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“To make such outrageous claims with the only possible goal being to rile up the masses (a strategy attempted during the campaign as well), and then to advise "restraint" is beyond hypocritical.”
“He learns from them that "restraint" is advised by practically every author, but according to the character of the author he will find that "restraint" means having the marriage relation with his wife not more than three times a week, or once a month – or never at all except for the protection of children.”
“The Israelis are trying to show what they describe as restraint on the ground to test Arafat to see if, in fact, he can use his powers of persuasion, not only within the Palestinian movement that he is at the top of but through all of the other factions that he doesn't have necessary control over but can use his voice to speak to to bring what has not happened in so many months there -- a cease-fire, an end of violence between the Palestinians and the Israelis.”
“However, their best restraint is NOT government, but other selfish, monopolistic competitors.”
“His restraint is deliberate and masterful: this is not the explosion of colour or characters that defined Spirited Away or Ponyo.”
“Obama's dramatic cowardice on health care tells me a lot about his intentions. signing statement restraint is just one more piece of ballast he's jettisoning off the hope boat. still, I'd choose him over McCain't.”
“All the female responses showed restraint from the name calling and kept their sights squarely on the issue we are discussing.”
“In a talk with reporters on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York, State Department Spokesman P.J. Crowley said Palestinian restraint is appreciated.”
“Lest someone say that the government doesn't forbid it, which is true, I'd point out that the government does forbid collusion in restraint of trade, which is what universities do.”
“In any case, it's no surprise that libertarians don't take a standard against government failing to enforce laws (e.g. against "collusion in restraint of trade") which they oppose in the first place.”
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