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RESTRAINT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does restraint mean? 

RESTRAINT (noun)
  The noun RESTRAINT has 6 senses:

1. the of act controlling by restraining someone or something
2. discipline in personal and social activities
3. the state of being physically constrained
4. a rule or condition that limits freedom
5. lack of ornamentation
6. a device that retards something's motion

  Familiarity information: RESTRAINT used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


RESTRAINT (noun)


Sense 1restraint [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The of act controlling by restraining someone or something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

the unlawful restraint of trade

Hypernyms ("restraint" is a kind of...):

control (the activity of managing or exerting control over something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "restraint"):

collar; leash (a figurative restraint)

restriction (the act of keeping something within specified bounds (by force if necessary))

restraint of trade (any act that tends to prevent free competition in business)

curtailment; suppression (the act of withholding or withdrawing some book or writing from publication or circulation)

containment (the act of containing; keeping something from spreading)

confinement (the act of restraining of a person's liberty by confining them)

immobilisation; immobilization; immobilizing (the act of limiting movement or making incapable of movement)

bridle; check; curb (the act of restraining power or action or limiting excess)

damper (a depressing restraint)


Sense 2restraint [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Discipline in personal and social activities

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

restraint; control

Context examples:

he was a model of polite restraint / she never lost control of herself

Hypernyms ("restraint" is a kind of...):

discipline (the trait of being well behaved)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "restraint"):

continence (voluntary control over urinary and fecal discharge)

inhibition (the quality of being inhibited)

moderation; temperance (the trait of avoiding excesses)

self-restraint; temperateness (exhibiting restraint imposed on the self)

Antonym:

unrestraint (the quality of lacking restraint)


Sense 3restraint [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The state of being physically constrained

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

constraint; restraint

Context example:

dogs should be kept under restraint

Hypernyms ("restraint" is a kind of...):

confinement (the state of being confined)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "restraint"):

cage (something that restricts freedom as a cage restricts movement)


Sense 4restraint [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A rule or condition that limits freedom

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Context examples:

legal restraints / restraints imposed on imports

Hypernyms ("restraint" is a kind of...):

limitation; restriction (a principle that limits the extent of something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "restraint"):

floodgate (something that restrains a flood or outpouring)


Sense 5restraint [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lack of ornamentation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

chasteness; simpleness; simplicity; restraint

Context example:

the room was simply decorated with great restraint

Hypernyms ("restraint" is a kind of...):

plainness (the appearance of being plain and unpretentious)


Sense 6restraint [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A device that retards something's motion

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

constraint; restraint

Context example:

the car did not have proper restraints fitted

Hypernyms ("restraint" is a kind of...):

device (an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "restraint"):

gag; muzzle (restraint put into a person's mouth to prevent speaking or shouting)

lead; leash; tether (restraint consisting of a rope (or light chain) used to restrain an animal)

ignition lock; lock (a restraint incorporated into the ignition switch to prevent the use of a vehicle by persons who do not have the key)

muzzle (a leather or wire restraint that fits over an animal's snout (especially a dog's nose and jaws) and prevents it from eating or biting)

life belt; safety belt; safety harness (belt attaching you to some object as a restraint in order to prevent you from getting hurt)

drogue; sea anchor (restraint consisting of a canvas covered frame that floats behind a vessel; prevents drifting or maintains the heading into a wind)

bond; hamper; shackle; trammel (a restraint that confines or restricts freedom (especially something used to tie down or restrain a prisoner))

trammel (a restraint that is used to teach a horse to amble)

fastener; fastening; fixing; holdfast (restraint that attaches to something or holds something in place)

chain (anything that acts as a restraint)

air bag (a safety restraint in an automobile; the bag inflates on collision and prevents the driver or passenger from being thrown forward)

airbrake; dive brake (a small parachute or articulated flap to reduce the speed of an aircraft)

arrester; arrester hook (a restraint that slows airplanes as they land on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier)

band (a restraint put around something to hold it together)

brake (a restraint used to slow or stop a vehicle)

brake pad (one of the pads that apply friction to both sides of the brake disk)

brake shoe; shoe; skid (a restraint provided when the brake linings are moved hydraulically against the brake drum to retard the wheel's rotation)

catch; stop (a restraint that checks the motion of something)


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