restrained

adjective
re·​strained | \ ri-ˈstrānd How to pronounce restrained (audio) \

Definition of restrained

: marked by restraint : not excessive or extravagant

Other Words from restrained

restrainedly \ ri-​ˈstrā-​nəd-​lē How to pronounce restrained (audio) \ adverb

Examples of restrained in a Sentence

She was admired for her restrained behavior. a restrained style of architecture The room was decorated with restrained colors.
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Recent Examples on the Web Several hosts wryly noted the relatively restrained reaction from authorities and compared that to the way Black protesters have been treated. Mark Kennedy, Star Tribune, 7 Jan. 2021 United on Tuesday reported a third-quarter loss of $329 million, once government aid is stripped out, while Delta, which has also been more restrained in adding flying, reported a $194 million profit. Alison Sider, WSJ, 21 Oct. 2021 To limit the number of appellate issues, prosecutors may be more restrained in their sentencing presentation, Levenson said, particularly when the prison term is already set. Brian Melley, USA TODAY, 15 Oct. 2021 To limit the number of appellate issues, prosecutors may be more restrained in their sentencing presentation, Levenson said, particularly when the prison term is already set. Brian Melley, ajc, 14 Oct. 2021 Known for working with artists including Chris Stapleton and Jason Isbell, Cobb's style is often more restrained in the recording studio than the producers with whom McEntire usually hires. Cindy Watts, PEOPLE.com, 8 Oct. 2021 Tony Fabrizio, a Republican pollster and strategist who also worked on the Horton ad, argues that McCarthy was relatively restrained—there were no photographs of Horton’s victims, for example. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2021 The optimistic Sun makes a challenging square with restrained Pluto at 8:12 am EDT, showing where our ideas could break when confronted with reality. Tarot Astrologers, chicagotribune.com, 17 Oct. 2021 With handsome, restrained styling, the Maverick’s appearance will wear well, and doesn’t look soft or petite. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 16 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of restrained

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Restrained.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/restrained. Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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More Definitions for restrained

restrained

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of restrained

: showing careful self-control
: not too colorful or fancy

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