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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

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of restraint
  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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