noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French restreinte, from restreindre Date: 15th century 1. a. an act of restraining ; the state of being restrained b. (1) a means of restraining ; a restraining force or influence (2) a device that restricts movement <
a restraint for children riding in cars
2. a control over the expression of one's emotions or thoughts

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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