restraint - definition and synonyms


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  1. 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

  2. 3
    [countable] something that holds you and physically controls your movements, often to protect your safety
  3. 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.