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Meaning of restraint

re•straint

Pronunciation: (ri-strānt'), [key]
— n.
  1. a restraining action or influence: freedom from restraint.
  2. Sometimes,a means of or device for restraining, as a harness for the body.
  3. the act of restraining, holding back, controlling, or checking.
  4. the state or fact of being restrained; deprivation of liberty; confinement.
  5. constraint or reserve in feelings, behavior, etc.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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