restrain from (something)

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restrain from (something)

1. To resist or hold back from doing something. A noun or pronoun is used between "restrain" and "from." I restrained from making snide remarks as he plodded through his utterly inept presentation. It can be hard for parents to restrain from doing everything for their children, but you've got to let them figure out how to function on their own.
2. To prevent or hold someone back from doing something. A noun or pronoun is used between "restrain" and "from." We restrained her from making any further comments during the press conference. The federal court is restraining the company from manufacturing the controversial product until its safety could be verified without a shadow of a doubt.
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restrain someone from something

to prevent someone from doing something. I had to restrain her from hurting herself. I was unable to restrain myself from giggling at the wisecrack.
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Marshall quotes Archbishop Fulton Sheen as saying, "Tolerance is an attitude of reasoned patience towards evil, and a forbearance that restrains us from showing anger or inflicting punishment.
'I am not aware of any injunction from a competent court of law that restrains us from handling the affairs of the party in the state, including election matters'
Sexual assault and the daily harassments many girls and women face express and reinforce gender power relations while female socialization that substitutes passivity and politeness for self-protective skills restrains us from the inside.
It restrains us from achieving economic connectivity and integration in the region.
It might not be that we are experiencing a lack of political leadership as much as it is the lack of a functional communication process, and this restrains us from managing the enormous changes swirling around us.
But the discipline of history restrains us from just saying "Aha!" and proclaiming something true or false.