Definition for RE-STRAINT

RE-STRAINT, n. [from Fr. restreint.]

  1. The act or operation of holding back or hindering from motion, in any manner; hinderance of the will, or of any action, physical, moral or mental.
  2. Abridgment of liberty; as, the restraint of a man by imprisonment or by duress.
  3. Prohibition. The commands of God should be effectual restraints upon our evil passions.
  4. Limitation; restriction. If all were granted, yet it must be maintained, within any bold restraints, far otherwise than it is received. – Brown.
  5. That which restrains, hinders or represses. The laws are restraints upon injustice.

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