Definition of controlled
1 : restrained
2 : regulated by law with regard to possession and use controlled drugs
Examples of controlled in a Sentence
Instead of arguing, they talked in a calm, controlled manner.
The test was done under controlled conditions.
The polar bears at the zoo live in a controlled environment.
Recent Examples of controlled from the Web
Two hours after the incidents began, police were still widening cordons and pushing bystanders farther back from the scenes, as the sound of explosions — apparently controlled blasts carried out by police — echoed through the night.
Two were arrested early Saturday in a raid on a home in the Cheetham Hill area of Manchester after officers used a controlled explosion to gain entry.
Because these tests were done in a controlled environment where no other devices were competing to connect with the base station, the reception problems can’t be attributed to network congestion or to a flaw in AT&T’s wireless network.
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First Known Use of controlled
CONTROLLED Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of controlled for English Language Learners
: not overly angry or emotional
: done or organized according to certain rules, instructions, or procedures
—used to describe a drug that is illegal to have or use without permission from a doctor
Medical Definition of controlled
: regulated by law with regard to possession and use controlled drugs
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