Meaning of RESTRAINT in English


n.1 the act or an instance of restraining or being restrained.

2 a stoppage; a check; a controlling agency or influence.

3 a self-control; avoidance of excess or exaggeration. b austerity of literary expression.

4 reserve of manner.

5 confinement, esp. because of insanity.

6 something which restrains or holds in check.

Phrases and idioms:

in restraint of in order to restrain. restraint of trade action seeking to interfere with free-market conditions.

Etymology: ME f. OF restreinte fem. past part. of restreindre: see RESTRAIN

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.