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Synonyms of 'restraint'

(noun) 
Definition
something that restrains
Criminals could cross into the country without restraint.
Synonyms
,
limit
He outlined the limits of British power.
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check
There is a check on the number of people allowed in the venue.
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ban
The General also lifted a ban on political parties.
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embargo
The UN has imposed an arms embargo against the country.
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curb
He called for much stricter curbs on immigration.
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rein
He wrapped his horse's reins round his left wrist.
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taboo
a cultural taboo against eating fish
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bridle
She dismounted and took her horse's bridle.
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interdict
The National Trust has placed an interdict on jet-skis.
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restraining order (US law)
Opposites
(noun) 
Definition
the ability to control one's impulses or passions
They behaved with more restraint than I'd expected.
Synonyms
self-control
I began to wish I'd shown more self-control.
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self-restraint
We've been exercising self-restraint in our resistance to occupation.
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pulling your punches
Opposites
(noun) 
Definition
a restraining or being restrained
A Bill of Rights would act as a restraint on judicial power.
Synonyms
constraint
Their decision to abandon the trip was made because of financial constraints.
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limitation
There is to be no limitation on the number of opposition parties.
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inhibition
A country's size is no inhibition to producing a top team.
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moderation
He called on all parties to show moderation.
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control
There are to be tighter controls on land speculation.
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restriction
the relaxation of travel restrictions
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suppression
suppression of the immune system
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hindrance
Higher rates have been a hindrance to economic recovery.
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(noun) 
There was a meeting and he was put under restraint.
Synonyms
confinement
She had been held in solitary confinement for four months.
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arrest
information leading to the arrest of the bombers
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detention
the detention without trial of government critics
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imprisonment
She was sentenced to seven years' imprisonment.
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captivity
An American missionary was released today after more than two months of captivity.
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bondage
A terrible life of bondage was compounded by a guilty secret.
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fetters
(noun) 
Children are always safer in a restraint or belt.
Synonyms
belt
He wore a belt with a large brass buckle.
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strap
Nancy gripped the strap of her beach bag.
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seat belt
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safety belt

Additional synonyms

in the sense of arrest
Definition
the act of taking a person into custody
information leading to the arrest of the bombers
Synonyms
in the sense of ban
Definition
an official prohibition
The General also lifted a ban on political parties.
Synonyms
interdiction,
disallowance,
rahui (New Zealand),
restraining order (US)
in the sense of bondage
Definition
slavery
A terrible life of bondage was compounded by a guilty secret.
Synonyms
subjugation,
serfdom,
thraldom,
enthralment

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