restraint noun

1 limit/control on sth

ADJ. effective | voluntary talks on voluntary wage restraint | conventional what happens when the conventional restraints on human cruelty are removed | physical Sometimes the care workers need to use physical restraint on the hospital patients. | budgetary, economic, expenditure, financial, fiscal, monetary, pay, spending, wage | contractual, judicial, legal, regulatory | cultural, moral, social

VERB + RESTRAINT impose, use | remove

PREP. without ~ Prices continued to rise without restraint. | ~ on/upon The government imposed restraints on spending.

2 behaving in a calm/moderate way

ADJ. considerable, great, remarkable | mutual the mutual restraint shown by police and protesters. | sexual

VERB + RESTRAINT exercise, show Journalists have exercised remarkable restraint in not reporting all the sordid details of the case. | appeal for, call for

PREP. ~ by The government called for restraint by both sides.