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restraint

noun uk   /rɪˈstreɪnt/ us  
[U] calm and controlled behaviour: He showed admirable restraint, and refused to be provoked. The security forces exercised (= used) great restraint by not responding to hostile attacks and threats. [C or U] something that limits the freedom of someone or something, or that prevents something from growing or increasing: government spending restraints Lack of space is the main restraint on the firm's expansion plans. During the recession, the government opted for a policy of pay/wage restraint rather than a reduction in public investment.keep/place sb under restraint to keep a violent person in a way that prevents them from moving freely: The two prisoners were kept under restraint while they were transported between prisons.
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