restraint definition, meaning - what is restraint in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “restraint”

See all translations

restraint

noun uk   us   /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. [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.
(Definition of restraint from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of restraint?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More meanings of “restraint”

Definitions of “restraint” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

selfless

caring more for what other people need and want rather than for what you yourself need and want

Word of the Day

She’s got very good posture. (How we stand and sit)

by Kate Woodford,
May 27, 2015
Recently on this blog, we looked at the words that we use to describe the way we move. This week we’re looking at words for describing our bodies when they are still, whether we are standing or sitting. Since most of us do far too much of this, let’s start with sitting.

Read More 

ebolaphobia noun

June 01, 2015
irrational fear of the (spread of) the Ebola virus Ebolaphobia Going Viral

Read More