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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun restraint:


Restraint is a member of the word family restrain, included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun restraint

What does restraint mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: restraints

  1. the act of controlling by restraining someone or something
    • example: the unlawful restraint of trade
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic word: control = the activity of managing or exerting control over something
    • more specific terms:
  2. discipline in personal and social activities
  3. the state of being physically constrained
    • example: dogs should be kept under restraint
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonym of restraint: constraint
    • more generic word: confinement = the state of being confined
    • more specific word: cage = something that restricts freedom as a cage restricts movement
  4. a rule or condition that limits freedom
    • examples: legal restraints | restraints imposed on imports
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic words: limitation / restriction = a principle that limits the extent of something
    • more specific word: floodgate = something that restrains a flood or outpouring
  5. lack of ornamentation
    • example: the room was simply decorated with great restraint
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonyms of restraint: chasteness / simpleness / simplicity
    • more generic word: plainness = the appearance of being plain and unpretentious
  6. a device that retards something's motion
    • example: the car did not have proper restraints fitted
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of restraint: constraint
    • more generic word: device = an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose
    • more specific terms:
      • air bag = a safety restraint in an automobile
      • dive brake / airbrake = a small parachute or articulated flap to reduce the speed of an aircraft
      • arrester hook / arrester = 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 = anything that slows or hinders a process
      • 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
      • chain = anything that acts as a restraint
      • fastening / fastener / holdfast / fixing = restraint that attaches to something or holds something in place
      • muzzle / gag = restraint put into a person's mouth to prevent speaking or shouting
      • tether / leash / lead = 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
      • safety harness / safety belt / life belt = belt attaching you to some object as a restraint in order to prevent you from getting hurt
      • sea anchor / drogue = restraint consisting of a canvas covered frame that floats behind a vessel
      • shackle / trammel / hamper / bond = a restraint that confines or restricts freedom
      • trammel = a restraint that is used to teach a horse to amble

Alternative definition of the noun restraint


  1. [countable] something that restrains, ties, fastens or secures
  2. [uncountable] control or caution; reserve


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Phrases with Restraint

Phrase starting with the word Restraint:

  1. restraint of trade

Phrases ending with the word Restraint:

  1. head restraint
  2. self-restraint

Other phrases containing the word Restraint:

  1. Supplemental Restraint System
  2. combination in restraint of trade

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Restraint

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Google previewDesign and Society: Social Issues in Technological Design (2017)

by Cameron Shelley

Regarding designs, restraint is an appeal for plain layout, neutrality of appearance, and the absence of decorative elements. Regarding designers, restraint is an appeal for focus Fig. 6 Braun ABW 41 wall clock. Photo by Phrontis. This criterion ...

Google previewIP and Antitrust: An Analysis of Antitrust Principles Applied to Intellectual Property Law, 3rd Edition (2016)

by Herbert Hovenkamp

naked restraint is that it is an agreement whose profitability depends on the power to control the market.16 By contrast,

Google previewBeyond Gentle Teaching (2013)

A Nonaversive Approach to Helping Those in Need by J.J. McGee, F.J. Menolascino

Physical restraint refers to any bodily contact on the part of the caregiver that temporarily and, at least partially, incapacitates the person. It is beyond blocking in that it equates with physically stopping a person through holding onto a body part ...

Google previewNotes of a Traveller (1846)

On the Social and Political State of France, Prussia, Switzerland, Italy, and Other Parts of Europe, During the Present Century by Samuel Laing

Moral restraint is an expression ill-defined. The propagation of...

Google previewThe American Educational Review (1906)

Self- restraint is a function of the will. It represents calmness when one is tempted to be impetuous; humility when...

Google previewA Guidance Approach for the Encouraging Classroom (2013)

by Dan Gartrell

Physical restraint is the crisis management technique of last resort.

Google previewSurface Encounters (2011)

Thinking With Animals and Art by Ron Broglio

Drawing Restraint is a series ofworks that explore a fundamental tension: the body as creative organ builds itself and produces only by imposition of resistance or restraints on it.

Google previewThe Wolters Kluwer Bouvier Law Dictionary (2015)

Quick Reference by Stephen Michael Sheppard


Google previewEncyclopedia of Special Education (2007)

A Reference for the Education of Children, Adolescents, and Adults with Disabilities and Other Exceptional Individuals by Cecil R. Reynolds, Elaine Fletcher-Janzen


A second method of physical restraint involves holding the shoulders while the student is in a bent-over position in a chair (Reid ...

Google previewA Dictionary of English Law (1882)

Containing Definitions of the Technical Terms in Modern Use, and a Concise Statement of the Rules of Law Affecting the Principal Subjects, with Historical and Etymological Notes by Charles Sweet

Restraint of Marriage LAW DICTIONARY .

Google previewEncyclopedia of Behavior Modification and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (2005)

by Michel Hersen

Contingent restraint is a procedure typically used to decrease or eliminate self- injurious behavior (SIB) or aggressive behavior in individuals with developmental disabilities. It has also been successfully used in the treatment of pica and in ...

Google previewConcise Encyclopedia of Special Education (2004)

A Reference for the Education of the Handicapped and Other Exceptional Children and Adults by Cecil R. Reynolds, Elaine Fletcher-Janzen

PHYSICAL RESTRAINT computer applications for severely physically handicapped chil— dren. Teaching Exceptional Children, 16, 18-22. Smith, OS ( 1984). Severely and profoundly physically handicapped students. In P. Valletutti & B.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Behavioral Neuroscience (2010)

GR stimulation in the BLA and, possibly, hippocampus Pavlovian fear: Context Shock Consolidation " GR stimulation in the BLA and ventral hippocampus Pavlovian fear: Auditory cue Shock Extrinsic Pavlovian eyeblink Restraint and shock ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Asylum Therapeutics, 1750-1950s (2015)

by Mary De Young

There were notable contenders for the recognition of having started the non- restraint movement—Philippe Pinel in France, Vincenzo Chiarugi in Italy, William Tuke in York, England—all deserve mention. But there was perhaps no one more ...

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Small photo of Ginkakuji(ShokokuJi)Zen temple garden in Kyoto.Perhaps the pinnacle of Japanese aesthetic known as wabisabi style,Typified by restraint,Elegance and a sense of transience.Small photo of View of the Ginkakuji Temple (Silver Pavilion)amongst autumn leaves.Perhaps the pinnacle of Japanese aesthetic known as wabisabi style,Typified by restraint,Elegance and a sense of transience.Small photo of View of the Ginkakuji Temple (Silver Pavilion)amongst autumn leaves.Perhaps the pinnacle of Japanese aesthetic known as wabisabi style,Typified by restraint,Elegance and a sense of transience.Small photo of View of the Ginkakuji Temple (Silver Pavilion)amongst autumn leaves.Perhaps the pinnacle of Japanese aesthetic known as wabisabi style,Typified by restraint,Elegance and a sense of transience.Small photo of British short-haired breed, thick gray hair. Big yellow eyes. In the eyes of dignity, restraint. Muted tone, vignetting.Small photo of Rusty burst pipe spraying water due to failure of joint restraintSmall photo of Blue Child Safety Seat Isolated on White Background. Side View of Modern Soft Baby Restraining Car Seat. Babies Side Impact Protection Infant Restraint System More...

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Quotes about Restraint

Absolute liberty is absence of restraint; responsibility is restraint; therefore, the ideally free individual is responsible to himself. (Henry B. Adams)
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Scrabble value of R1E1S1T1R1A1I1N1T1

The value of this 9-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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