Meaning of “restraint” in the English Dictionary

"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

[ 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)