con·​trolled | \ kən-ˈtrōld How to pronounce controlled (audio) \

Definition of controlled

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Transiting the Panama Canal, which is narrower than the Suez, is more complex but takes place in a more controlled environment because ships make passage individually rather than in a convoy, said Kinsey. Hanna Ziady, CNN, "The Suez fiasco shows why ever bigger container ships are a problem," 30 Mar. 2021 That game gave Miley and Mahle the opportunity to face opposing hitters for the first time this spring in a more controlled environment. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, "Why the Cincinnati Reds are playing so many B games at MLB Cactus League spring training," 9 Mar. 2021 Richard Steven Alberts II, 32, of Sherwood, who worked at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville, had pleaded guilty in November to conspiring to distribute controlled substances in U.S. District Court in Portland. oregonlive, "Former guard at Oregon women’s prison sentenced to federal prison for smuggling in drugs and having sex with inmate," 27 Feb. 2021 Clara Lantz captured her third straight championship at the IFSA Alyeska Junior Freeride Classic on Saturday, a day when top teenage competitors stomped their landings and displayed strong, controlled skiing and riding on Alyeska’s South Face. Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage skier Clara Lantz claims 3rd straight freeride title at Alyeska Junior Freeride Classic," 31 Jan. 2021 The Mendelssohn began with less assurance than the Clarke, but the ensemble soon grew more controlled. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, "Review: Horszowski Trio delivers a compelling account of Rebecca Clarke’s Piano Trio," 26 Jan. 2021 For years, Native American tribes and other proponents of prescribed burns have been unable to light controlled fires on anywhere near the scale needed to keep the state’s parched land healthy. Anna Buchmann,, "Bay Briefing: Big hospitals put elective surgeries on hold during COVID crisis," 28 Dec. 2020 Men are the monsters here—brutish, manipulative, helplessly carnal—but Wyld is so controlled and subtle a storyteller that her themes remain elegantly beneath the surface. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "The Best Books Vogue Editors Read in 2020," 24 Dec. 2020 One of the pillars of the Soviet Union was a controlled press in which all coverage was organized to confirm a mendacious ideology. David Satter, WSJ, "Soviet Politics, American Style," 22 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of controlled

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of controlled was in 1581

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14 Apr 2021

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“Controlled.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of controlled

: 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


con·​trolled | \ kən-ˈtrōld How to pronounce controlled (audio) \

Medical Definition of controlled

: regulated by law with regard to possession and use controlled drugs

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