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Restraint may refer to:

A form of control[edit]

  • Restraint, or self-control, a personal virtue
  • Medical restraint, form of general physical restraint used for medical purposes
  • Physical restraint, the practice of rendering people helpless or keeping them in captivity by means such as handcuffs, ropes, straps, etc.

Arts, entertainment, and media[edit]

Legal terminology[edit]

  • Judicial restraint, a theory of judicial interpretation that encourages judges to limit the exercise of their own power
  • Prior restraint, a government's actions that prevent materials from being distributed
  • Restraint on alienation, in property law, a clause that seeks to prohibit the recipient of property from transferring his or her interest
  • Restraint of trade, a restriction on a person's freedom to conduct business
  • Vertical restraints, agreements between firms or individuals at different levels of the production and distribution process

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