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English noun: restraint

1. restraint (act) the act of controlling by restraining someone or something


SamplesThe unlawful restraint of trade.


Broader (hypernym)control


Narrower (hyponym)bridle, check, collar, confinement, confinement, containment, curb, curtailment, damper, immobilisation, immobilization, immobilizing, leash, restraint of trade, restriction, suppression

2. restraint (attribute) discipline in personal and social activities


SamplesHe was a model of polite restraint.
She never lost control of herself.


Synonymscontrol


Broader (hypernym)discipline


Narrower (hyponym)continence, inhibition, moderation, self-restraint, temperance, temperateness


Antonymsunrestraint

3. restraint (state) the state of being physically constrained


SamplesDogs should be kept under restraint.


Synonymsconstraint


Broader (hypernym)confinement


Narrower (hyponym)cage

4. restraint (cognition) a rule or condition that limits freedom


SamplesLegal restraints.
Restraints imposed on imports.


Broader (hypernym)limitation, restriction


Narrower (hyponym)floodgate

5. restraint (attribute) lack of ornamentation


SamplesThe room was simply decorated with great restraint.


Synonymschasteness, simpleness, simplicity


Broader (hypernym)plainness

6. restraint (artifact) a device that retards something's motion


SamplesThe car did not have proper restraints fitted.


Synonymsconstraint


Broader (hypernym)device


Narrower (hyponym)air bag, airbrake, arrester, arrester hook, band, bond, brake, brake, brake pad, brake shoe, catch, chain, dive brake, drogue, fastener, fastening, fixing, gag, hamper, holdfast, ignition lock, lead, leash, life belt, lock, muzzle, muzzle, safety belt, safety harness, sea anchor, shackle, shoe, skid, stop, tether, trammel, trammel









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