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restraint

noun [C/U]  us   /rɪˈstreɪnt/
determined control over behavior in order to prevent the strong expression of emotion or any violent action: [U] You really have to show a lot of restraint to stay out of debt. A restraint is something that limits freedom of movement, action, or growth: [C] Social restraints seem to have become dangerously unrestrictive.
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