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Meaning of “restraint” in the English Dictionary

"restraint" in British English

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restraintnoun

uk   us   /rɪˈstreɪnt/
[U] calm and ​controlledbehaviour: He ​showedadmirable restraint, and ​refused to be ​provoked. The ​securityforces exercised (= used)great restraint by not ​responding to ​hostileattacks and ​threats. [C or U] something that ​limits the ​freedom of someone or something, or that ​prevents something from ​growing or ​increasing: governmentspending restraints Lack of ​space is the ​main restraint on the firm's ​expansionplans. During the ​recession, the ​governmentopted for a ​policy of ​pay/​wage restraint ​rather than a ​reduction in ​publicinvestment.keep/place sb under restraint to ​keep a ​violentperson in a way that ​prevents them from ​movingfreely: The two ​prisoners were ​kept under restraint while they were ​transported between ​prisons.
(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/
determinedcontrol over ​behavior in ​order to ​prevent the ​strongexpression of ​emotion or any ​violentaction: [U] You really have to show a lot of restraint to ​stay out of ​debt. A restraint is something that ​limitsfreedom of ​movement, ​action, or ​growth: [C] Social restraints ​seem to have ​becomedangerously unrestrictive.
(Definition of restraint from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"restraint" in Business English

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restraintnoun

uk   us   /rɪˈstreɪnt/
[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 ​oilindustry is exercising restraint.
restraint of trade COMMERCE an ​illegalagreement that ​damages someone's ​ability to do ​business: Any ​contract which interferes with the ​freeexercise 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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