controlled

adjective

con·​trolled kən-ˈtrōld How to pronounce controlled (audio)
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: 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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Word History

First Known Use

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of controlled was in 1581

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“Controlled.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/controlled. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

controlled

adjective
con·​trolled kən-ˈtrōld How to pronounce controlled (audio)
: regulated by law with regard to possession and use
controlled drugs
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