• Great Self-restraint
    Great Self-restraint
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n restraint the act of controlling by restraining someone or something "the unlawful restraint of trade"
    • n restraint a device that retards something's motion "the car did not have proper restraints fitted"
    • n restraint lack of ornamentation "the room was simply decorated with great restraint"
    • n restraint discipline in personal and social activities "he was a model of polite restraint","she never lost control of herself"
    • n restraint a rule or condition that limits freedom "legal restraints","restraints imposed on imports"
    • n restraint the state of being physically constrained "dogs should be kept under restraint"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Restraint That which restrains, as a law, a prohibition, or the like; limitation; restriction. "For one restraint , lords of the world besides."
    • Restraint 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. "No man was altogether above the restrains of law, and no man altogether below its protection."
    • Restraint The state of being restrained.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n restraint The act of restraining, or of holding back or hindering from action or motion, in any manner; hindrance of any action, physical, moral, or mental.
    • n restraint The state of being repressed, curbed, or held back in any way; specifically, abridgment of liberty; confinement; detention.
    • n restraint Repression of extravagance, exaggeration, or vehemence; constraint in manner or style; reserve.
    • n restraint That which restrains, limits, hinders, or represses; a limitation, restriction, or prohibition.
    • n restraint Restriction; limitation, as in application or definition.
    • n restraint In dynamics, an absolute geometrical condition supposed to be precisely fulfilled: thus, a body moving upon an unyielding surface is subject to a restraint.
    • n restraint Synonyms and Constraint, Coercion, etc. (see force, n), repression, check, stop, curb, hold-back.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Restraint act of restraining: state of being restrained: want of liberty: limitation: hinderance: reserve
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  • James V. Forrestal
    James V. Forrestal
    “Courage is the capacity to conduct oneself with restraint in times of prosperity and with courage and tenacity when things do not go well.”
  • David Lloyd George
    “Liberty has restraints but no frontiers.”
  • Henry Brooks Adams
    “Absolute liberty is absence of restraint; responsibility is restraint; therefore, the ideally free individual is responsible to himself.”
  • Daniel Webster
    “Liberty exists in proportion to wholesome restraint.”
  • Daniel Webster
    “Liberty consists in wholesome restraint.”
  • Edmund Burke
    “Restraint and discipline and examples of virtue and justice. These are the things that form the education of the world.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. restraincte, fr. restrainct, F. restreint, p. p. of restraindre, restrendre,. See Restrain
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. restraindre—L. restringĕre, restrictumre-, back, stringĕre, to draw tightly.


In literature:

She was impatient of restraint, and it was apparent that few restraints were imposed upon her.
"A Hoosier Chronicle" by Meredith Nicholson
All before this period stood on commercial regulation and restraint.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. II. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
And she seems to have let herself go without restraint during his stay in Egypt.
"The Tragedy of St. Helena" by Walter Runciman
The conditions of life were all opposed to self restraint.
"A History of English Prose Fiction" by Bayard Tuckerman
Despite the severest self-restraint the bosom rose and fell.
"Mrs. Warren's Daughter" by Sir Harry Johnston
And then self-restraint in any matter becomes unnecessary.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
Its restraint I regard to be as difficult of accomplishment as the restraint of the wind.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
Restraints again are placed on the unconstitutional action of the Imperial or Federal Parliament.
"A Leap in the Dark" by A.V. Dicey
Under the other forms it meets with many restraints.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. IV. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
The second part teaches us the virtue of self-restraint, or the government of our passions.
"Thoughts of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus" by Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

In poetry:

And yet how many weary hours
Those joyous creatures know;
How much of sorrow and restraint
They to their elders owe!
"Children" by Letitia Elizabeth Landon
Love, like air, is widely given;
Power nor chance can these restraint;
Truest, noblest, gifts of heaven!
Only purest on the plain!
"The Princess Elizabeth, when a prisoner at Woodstock, 1554" by William Shenstone
It strives without a mark for strife;
It feasts beside a famished host:
The loose restraint of wanton life,
That threatened penance in the ghost!
"The Thrush In February" by George Meredith
When in the world, I bear a look serene,
And veil the gloomy temper of my grief;
Sick with restraint at evening quit the scene,
To find in tears and solitude relief.
"Elegy On Sophia Graham" by Matilda Betham
Behold the manna, and the fruitage sweet,
Which he among the saints of God enjoys!
Without allowance, or restraint, they eat,
And yet the plenteous banquet never cloys!
"Advice To A Woman, Not To Grieve Too Much For The Death Of Her Child" by Rees Prichard
Esther, tho' queen, was not allow'd to see
(But at some certain seasons of the year)
Her royal lord — but pray'rs always free
To go to God, without restraint or fear.
"Concerning Prayer, And Its Proper Requisites" by Rees Prichard

In news:

Lamon faces charges of home invasion, armed robbery, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and aggravated unlawful restraint.
In the view of our ever changing economy and time restraints it can be a great struggle to provide quality time, entertainment and education within a budget.
Ban urges " maximum restraint" after Israel-Hamas ceasefire.
China Urges ' Maximum Restraint' in Gaza by Relevant Parties, Especially Israel.
Abhishek Shah, 31, of 1248 Farmington Ave, in West Hartford, was charged with first-degree sexual assault, unlawful restraint, and disorderly conduct.
On the side of caution John Roberts decides for history and judicial restraint.
A lthough we are currently experiencing a relative financial blight in medicine, I do not sense that we as physicians are practicing appropriate diagnostic restraint.
Rockford Mass Transit advises paratransit technicians to inspect the restraint system.
Your report that nursing homes are rethinking the merits of tying the aged (front page, Dec 28) doesn't examine the crucial parallel problem of chemical restraints.
Helen's nouvelle cooking with restraint provides a little TLC for the tongue.
After 3 killed in anti-government protests, Amnesty International urges restraint.
It seems the more independent we become of one another, the less we feel the need to practice restraint.
Designed for individuals at risk, this product line introduces a variety of safe no shank care products from Humane Restraint Co.
We welcomed Anna Moore on our show this morning, a mother who won a settlement from her son's school district after the school used prone restraint to discipline him.
Officials found Ramirez suffered cardiac complications from restraint -related stress.

In science:

The deeper results on local properties of units in L (and subfields), given class number restraints, are summarized in the following Proposition.
A Cylcotomic Investigation of the Fermat - Catalan Equation
Figure 1 checks how strong these restraints should be to fit the experimental data.
Comments on "Remeasuring the Double Helix"
With the purpose of avoiding such restraint condition concerning our choices, before trying to gauge embed the theory, we will insert a constraint into the Lagrangian.
Noncommutativity and Duality through the Symplectic Embedding Formalism
We will obtain this by first fixing A and r and analyzing the restraints on the other variables.
Random multiplicative functions in short intervals
We note that the our active solution arise from taking smaller threshold intensity of electric field for pair creation than Smith, Michel, & Thacker (2001) and solving the equation of motion for each particle without the assumption of restraint of plasma along the dipole magnetic field line.
A Particle Simulation for the Axisymmetric Pulsar Magnetosphere: II. the case of dipole field