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"restraint" in British English

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restraintnoun

uk   /rɪˈstreɪnt/ us   /rɪˈstreɪnt/
(Definition of restraint from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"restraint" in American English

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restraintnoun [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.
(Definition of restraint from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"restraint" in Business English

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restraintnoun

uk   /rɪˈstreɪnt/ us  
[C, usually plural] a rule or an agreement that limits the freedom of a person, organization, or country, or that prevents something from growing or increasing: restraints on sth The bill urges the government to impose restraints on imports. export/import restraints budget restraints financial/fiscal/spending restraints
[U] the act of preventing something from growing or increasing: The oil industry is exercising restraint.
restraint of trade
COMMERCE an illegal agreement that damages someone's ability to do business: Any contract which interferes with the free exercise of his trade or business is a contract in restraint of trade.
(Definition of restraint from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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