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

Definition of restrained

: marked by restraint : not excessive or extravagant

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restrainedly \ ri-​ˈstrā-​nəd-​lē How to pronounce restrainedly (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 This clan, too, comes with a formidable matriarch in Blanche (Lesley Manville, bringing dramatic flare to an otherwise restrained film), a much more violent and sinister corollary to Margret. Jake Coyle, Detroit Free Press, "Kevin Costner, Diane Lane perfectly paired in ‘Let Him Go’," 6 Nov. 2020 Their clan, too, comes with a formidable matriarch in Blanche (Lesley Manville, bringing dramatic flare to an otherwise restrained film), a much more violent and sinister corollary to Margret. Jake Coyle, Star Tribune, "Review: Diane Lane and Kevin Costner in 'Let Him Go'," 4 Nov. 2020 Its relatively restrained dimensions are soothing in an age of bombast. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "How Memory Maps Fashion’s Future," 28 Oct. 2020 One of the biggest events since COVID-19 struck South Florida will begin Wednesday, smaller and more restrained than in past years. David Lyons,, "Giant yachts and COVID safeguards: The Fort Lauderdale Boat Show is about to begin," 27 Oct. 2020 Berserk Bear appears to be the FSB's more restrained version of the GRU's Sandworm cyberwar unit, says John Hultquist, director of intelligence at FireEye. Andy Greenberg, Wired, "The Russian Hackers Playing 'Chekov's Gun' With US Infrastructure," 26 Oct. 2020 Republican strategists praised Trump’s performance in Thursday’s debate, saying his more restrained approach let Biden do more talking than in their first clash. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "Trump allies sift through debate tape for attack ads," 23 Oct. 2020 But this was still a Carey song, so by the end, her more restrained performance gave way to an explosive vocal improvisation that revealed the emotional heat behind her cool exterior. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 100 Greatest Mariah Carey Songs: Staff Picks," 5 Oct. 2020 The two Los Angeles detectives followed John C. McGinley's macho SWAT team leader California to find the restrained, skeletal victim of a serial killer using the seven deadly sins as a gruesome motif. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "'Seven' turns 25: How Sloth, the gnarliest victim, gave Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman a real fright," 23 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of restrained

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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17 Nov 2020

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“Restrained.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of restrained

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

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