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Definition of Restrain

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

To feel much for others and little for ourselves; to restrain our selfishness and exercise our benevolent affections, constitute the perfection of human nature.
Adam Smith

A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.
Thomas Jefferson

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

One great object of the Constitution was to restrain majorities from oppressing minorities or encroaching upon their just rights.
James K. Polk
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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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