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Definition of Restrain


  1. To draw back again; to hold back from acting, proceeding, or advancing, either by physical or moral force, or by any interposing obstacle; to repress or suppress; to keep down; to curb.
  2. To draw back toghtly, as a rein.
  3. To hinder from unlimited enjoiment; to abridge.
  4. To limit; to confine; to restrict.
  5. To withhold; to forbear.

Restrain Quotations

The end of law is not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom. For in all the states of created beings capable of law, where there is no law, there is no freedom.
John Locke

Youth is impulsive. When our young men grow angry at some real or imaginary wrong, and disfigure their faces with black paint, it denotes that their hearts are black, and that they are often cruel and relentless, and our old men and old women are unable to restrain them. Thus it has ever been.
Chief Seattle

The wise man should restrain his senses like the crane and accomplish his purpose with due knowledge of his place, time and ability.

The one who cannot restrain their anger will wish undone, what their temper and irritation prompted them to do.

Those who restrain their desires, do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained.
William Blake
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Restrain Translations

restrain in Afrikaans is regeer
restrain in Danish is regere, lede
restrain in Dutch is bedwingen, beteugelen, betomen
restrain in Finnish is hallita
restrain in French is contraignez, contraignons, gouverner, contrains
restrain in Latin is retineo, prohibitio, compescor, coerceo, freno
restrain in Portuguese is reger, contenha
restrain in Spanish is capitanear, refrenar
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