Adjective "restraining" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Prevent (someone or something) from doing something; keep under control or within limits.
  1. 'he had to be restrained from walking out'
  2. 'After all, the clergy were keepers of public conscience - it was their duty to restrain avarice, sanctify poverty and excommunicate kings if they chose.'
  3. 'It would produce a report, stating its opinion as to whether or not the proposed takeover would be likely to prevent or restrict competition or restrain trade and would be likely to operate against the common good.'
  4. 'A weak labour market means less money to spend on goods and services and thus restrains economic growth.'
  5. 'They say the state banks were restrained from inflating to excess by the regular requirement that they pay their balances to the federal branch offices in hard money.'
  6. 'Such an approach can be termed a ‘balanced-growth budget policy’ in that it restrains government debt to a fixed share of the economy.'
  7. 'The order against them restrains them from committing a public nuisance, not a private one.'
  8. 'Although the government and opposition signed a peace protocol, both are weak and splintered, unable to restrain their rank and file supporters.'
  9. 'The perpetrator could also apply for an injunction restraining the company from dismissing him or taking disciplinary action following an investigation.'
  10. 'Whatever Reynaud's own preferences in this regard, he was restrained from more radical policies by the more cautious members of his government.'
  11. 'It takes a strong amount of concentration to restrain total loss of control'
  12. 'Amiss had to restrain his impatience'
  13. 'I said with a smile and suddenly I had the urge to bend down and kiss her but I restrained myself from acting my wish.'
  14. 'Lisa rolled her eyes and restrained the urge to tap her foot impatiently.'
  15. 'I didn't want him restraining the need to hug her.'
  16. 'Emotional possession refers to experiences wherein impulses which are ordinarily restrained are strongly stimulated.'
  17. 'Stevie shut his eyes tight, restraining himself, trying to hold his anticipation in check.'
  18. 'Gabrielle ground her teeth contemptuously, restraining herself from yelling back.'
  19. 'Hightail ran with her cubs and around them, excited by their game, barely restraining herself from joining it.'
  20. 'It took Rhea almost an hour to finally locate this long-lost friend and guardian, and she restrained herself from running into the room.'
  21. 'I was very tempted to grab the ketchup and smear it all over the front of his white dress shirt and his designer jeans but I restrained myself and noted with great relief that the next table over wanted a refill.'
  22. 'His shoulders were shaking in an attempt to restrain himself and appear strong in front of his brother.'
  23. 'Detective 1 was explaining to me how it's extremely difficult to restrain someone without hurting them.'
  24. 'As many of us know from our cops and robbers days, handcuffs are used for restraining someone.'
  25. 'Three were restraining Gregory, whose volatile personality had turned foul.'
  26. 'When Sheree tried to go with him, her father physically restrained her.'
  27. 'Finally, he reached into his knapsack, removing a pair of handcuffs and leg shackles to restrain Nathan.'
  28. 'She made no other movement as the doctors restrained her to the sickbed, just laying there and contemplating furiously.'
  29. 'But before I could make my dramatic exit, Chad appeared out of nowhere and grabbed my wrist, restraining me from movement.'
  30. 'After being restrained by two people, Esther calms down.'
  31. 'Then there are people restraining me, and I'm fighting them, stamping hard on feet and lashing out with my body.'
  32. 'Sammi jumped up from her seat as two musclemen restrained her from leaving the booth.'
  33. 'all front seats must be equipped with seat belts which restrain the upper part of the body'
  34. 'No, for he woke upside down, restrained by a seatbelt connected to a seat in a certain upturned Toyota Avensis.'
  35. 'Fortunately, we had both buckled up and our seat belts restrained us from flying through the windshield, which would have been an even worse thing that could happen.'
  36. 'Jon had stopped the car and I opened the door and tried to step out, only to be tightly restrained by the seatbelt.'

More definitions

1. to strain again.

More examples(as adjective)

"spendings can be restraining."

"rates can be restraining."

"passengers can be restraining."

"movements can be restraining."

"measures can be restraining."

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(re-strain)Middle English: from Old French restreign-, stem of restreindre, from Latin restringere, from re- ‘back’ + stringere ‘to tie, pull tight’.