Restraint Re*straint", n. [OF. restraincte, fr. restrainct, F. restreint, p. p. of restraindre, restrendre. See {Restrain}.] 1. The act or process of restraining, or of holding back or hindering from motion or action, in any manner; hindrance of the will, or of any action, physical or mental. [1913 Webster]

No man was altogether above the restrains of law, and no man altogether below its protection. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

2. The state of being restrained. [1913 Webster]

3. That which restrains, as a law, a prohibition, or the like; limitation; restriction. [1913 Webster]

For one restraint, lords of the world besides. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Repression; hindrance; check; stop; curb;?oercion; confinement; limitation; restriction. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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