What does the word restraint mean?

  • The act of checking or holding back.

  • The state of being checked or controlled; specifically, the abridgment of liberty in the case of the insane. [ Lat.]

Usage examples for restraint

  1. It taught self- restraint, moderation, and above all courtesy. – The Problem of China by Bertrand Russell
  2. Raymond took it quietly and his restraint instantly alarmed Mrs. Dinnett. – The Spinners by Eden Phillpotts
  3. Both were- free to come and go without restraint. – Colonel Carter's Christmas and The Romance of an Old-Fashioned Gentleman by F. Hopkinson Smith
  4. He'll be free from restraint when he comes of age. – Johnstone of the Border by Harold Bindloss
  5. Deep as was the mother's grief, she was forced to place a restraint upon it that she might comfort her almost heart broken husband. – Stories and Sketches by Harriet S. Caswell

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