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