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Synonyms for restraint

Synonyms for restraint

the act of limiting or condition of being limited

an instrument or means of restraining

something that physically confines the legs or arms

the keeping of one's thoughts and emotions to oneself

Synonyms for restraint

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The fear and restraint which brooded amongst the denizens of the air began to affect all life.
excuse for my long absence, and take my part in the conversation, keeping the strictest guard on every word that escapes me, without betraying any appearance of restraint in my manner.
of sandals) when the consul, incensed beyond restraint, fired a charge
He looked fitter for restraint than liberty--the restraint of a hospital.
I would just as soon have expected restraint from a hyena prowling amongst the corpses of a battlefield.
He is a restraint upon his father, his father is a restraint upon him, and they make each other mutually uncomfortable.
It hailed facts all day long so very hard, and life in general was opened to her as such a closely ruled ciphering-book, that assuredly she would have run away, but for only one restraint.
It is lamentable to think of; but this restraint was the result of no arithmetical process, was self-imposed in defiance of all calculation, and went dead against any table of probabilities that any Actuary would have drawn up from the premises.
Each can choose for himself whether he will work or play; for German university life is a very free life; it seems to have no restraints.
There are causes of differences within our immediate contemplation, of the tendency of which, even under the restraints of a federal constitution, we have had sufficient experience to enable us to form a judgment of what might be expected if those restraints were removed.
What I did next I scarcely know, for I had never before found myself in such a position; but I believe that I broke all restraints, and made the old man feel thoroughly ashamed of himself--Thedora helping me in the task, and well-nigh turning him neck and crop out of the tenement.
And after such classification he avoided the things that hurt, the restrictions and restraints, in order to enjoy the satisfactions and the remunerations of life.
Ellmother burst out--and then, when it was too late, remembered the conventional restraints appropriate to the occasion.
The bride and bridegroom evaded the restraints of lawful authority, and presumed to meet together privately, before they were married, in the conservatory at Ham Farm.
When he had thoroughly recovered himself, and had joined me on the beach, his warm Southern nature broke through all artificial English restraints in a moment.