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noun restraint pronunciation in British English /rɪˈstreɪnt/
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singularrestraint
pluralrestraints
  1. 1
    [uncountable] the limit or control of the expression of strong emotion or opinion
    The President sent a letter to both nations urging restraint.
  2. 2
    [countable] an act of limiting or controlling something, or a situation in which this happens, especially in business or politics
    the use of wage restraint to curb inflation
  3. 3
    [countable] something that holds you and physically controls your movements, often to protect your safety
    mandatory seat belts and head restraints
  4. 4
    [uncountable] the act or process of stopping the free movement of a person or the free progress of an activity
    He left of his own free will and not under restraint.
    exercise restraint: We need to exercise restraint on spending.

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