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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

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

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

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

Many a sin has sullied me in body and in soul because I did not restrain my thoughts nor guard my lips: nevertheless it is to Thee, O God of majesty and love, that I turn in my extremity, for Thou art the fount of mercy; to Thee, as quickly as I may, I speed: for Thou alone canst heal me; I take refuge under Thy protection.
Saint Ambrose
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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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