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 for Restraining
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Restrain \Re*strain"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Restrained; p. pr.
     & vb. n. Restraining.] [OE. restreinen, F. restreindre, fr.
     L. restringere, restrictum; pref. re- re- + stringere to
     draw, bind, or press together. See Strain, v. t., and cf.
     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.
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              Restrain in me the cursed thoughts that nature
              Gives way to in repose!               --Shak.
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     2. To draw back toghtly, as a rein. [Obs.] --Shak.
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     3. To hinder from unlimited enjoiment; to abridge.
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              Though they two were committed, at least restrained
              of their liberty.                     --Clarendon.
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     4. To limit; to confine; to restrict. --Trench.
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              Not only a metaphysical or natural, but a moral,
              universality also is to be restrained by a part of
              the predicate.                        --I. Watts.
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     5. To withhold; to forbear.
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              Thou restrained prayer before God.    --Job. xv. 4.
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     Syn: To check; hinder; stop; withhold; repress; curb;
          suppress; coerce; restrict; limit; confine.
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From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  RESTRAINING. Narrowing down, making less extensive; as, a restraining 
  statute, by which the common law is narrowed down or made less extensive in 
  its operation. 

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