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restraint

noun     /rɪˈstreɪnt/
[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 .Self-control and moderation [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 .Limiting and restrictingPreventing and impeding 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 .Putting people in prison
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