re·straint /ri-'strānt/ n1 a: an act or fact of restraining see also prior restraintb: the state of being restrained2 a: a means of restrainingb: a device that restricts movement (as of prisoners or violent psychiatric patients)
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam-Webster. 1996.
arrest, ban, bar, barricade, blockade, bondage, brake, bridle, captivity, caution, censure, check, circumscription, confinement, constraint, containment, control, curb, custody, damper, deprivation of liberty, detention, determent, deterrence, deterrent, disallowance, discipline, dissuasion, durance, embargo, forbearance, forbiddance, guardianship, hamper, hindrance, holdback, impediment, impedimentum, imprisonment, incarceration, inhibition, injunction, interception, interference, limitation, moderatio, moderation, obstacle, obstruction, opposition, prevention, prohibition, proscription, repression, reserve, restriction, retardation, self-control, self-denial, servitude, shackle, slavery, stay, stop, stoppage, suppression, taboo, temperance, veto
associated concepts: combination in restraint of trade, conspiracy in restraint of trade, prior restraint, restraint on alienation
apprehension (act of arresting), arrest, bar (obstruction), barrier, bondage, captivity, censorship, check (bar), cloud (incumbrance), coercion, commitment (confinement), composure, compulsion (coercion), constraint (restriction), continence, control (restriction), custody (incarceration), damper (stopper), detention, deterrence, deterrent, disadvantage, discipline (obedience), disincentive, durance, embargo, estoppel, fetter, force (compulsion), handicap, hindrance, impediment, incarceration, incumbrance (lien), injunction, limitation, moderation, obstacle, obstruction, prohibition, propriety (correctness), quota, restriction, retention, servitude, stay, temperance, veto
Burton's Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006
n. Limitation or confinement as in constraint on free assembly; forbearance; a holding back or prohibiting from doing something.
Webster's New World Law Dictionary. Susan Ellis Wild. 2000.