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Dictionary definition for: Restraint

1. (n) the of act controlling by restraining someone or something; "the unlawful restraint of trade"

2. (n) discipline in personal and social activities; "he was a model of polite restraint" "she never lost control of herself"

3. (n) the state of being physically constrained; "dogs should be kept under restraint"

4. (n) a rule or condition that limits freedom; "legal restraints" "restraints imposed on imports"

5. (n) lack of ornamentation; "the room was simply decorated with great restraint"

6. (n) a device that retards something''s motion; "the car did not have proper restraints fitted"

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