re·​strained | \ri-ˈstrānd \

Definition of restrained 

: marked by restraint : not excessive or extravagant

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restrainedly \ri-​ˈstrā-​nəd-​lē \ 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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Where to StayAmantaka: Housed in a colonial-era hospital about a five-minute walk from the beginning of Sisavangvong Road, the Amantaka—all clean lines, high ceilings, and a restrained, mostly white palette—is an oasis. Hanya Yanagihara, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Luang Prabang Is the Ideal Southeast Asian City," 20 Nov. 2018 The performances from the older Crain children are wonderfully restrained, lending a sense of gravitas without letting the show veer too far into melodrama. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Netflix’s Haunting of Hill House is like This Is Us wrapped in a gothic ghost story," 28 Sep. 2018 That final scene is surprisingly restrained, given the explosive climaxes of the two prior seasons. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Preacher ends third season with a pop, not a bang," 28 Aug. 2018 Their on-court reaction to a third championship in four years might have struck some as a bit restrained, but there would be no holding back at the after-party. Marc Stein, New York Times, "The Golden State Warriors Know Dynasties Aren’t Easy," 10 June 2018 Whatever your style — flashy or casual, restrained or formal — there's a mum for you. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow the Most Gorgeous Chrysanthemums This Fall," 9 Aug. 2018 The blueberry lavender shrub is lightly floral and explosively juicy, finishing with a restrained note of vinegar. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appetit, "Hesperios Founder Autumn Hruby Just Opened a Cafe in Her Dreamy Manhattan Shop," 21 May 2018 The reactions of the older passersby were ostensibly more restrained. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "I Wore a Masters Green Jacket Around New York City," 10 Apr. 2013 Marais’s new Lee sandals are similarly chic and restrained, echoing the style of the woman they were named after, Lee Radziwill. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Over the Ugly Shoe Trend? These Elegant, Ultra-Minimal Flat Sandals Are Summer Wardrobe Saviors," 19 July 2018

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First Known Use of restrained

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of restrained

: showing careful self-control

: not too colorful or fancy

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