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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Thankfully, Nakano’s non-traditional maki are, for the most part, thoughtful and restrained. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "No-frills Sushi Nakano one of the best casual sushi restaurants in Phoenix," 10 July 2018 The man said he had been tied up with ropes at first but later, after learning to wriggle free, restrained with increasingly larger chains on and off over six years. Fox News, "Latest: Adult children of couple accused of abuse in court," 22 June 2018 Musk was relatively restrained in his own look, wearing a white jacket and an inverted notched priest collar. Liz Raiss, GQ, "Elon Musk Apparently Designed Grimes' Met Gala Dress," 8 May 2018 That this hasn’t hurt much yet is in great part because the Federal Reserve has been so restrained in raising interest rates. Greg Ip, WSJ, "U.S. Turns From Uniter to Disrupter on Global Stage," 20 June 2018 For now, Kim is likely to remain restrained about further nuclear and ballistic-missile testing. Eli Stokols,, "As Trump declares summit a success, Pompeo begins the hard part — negotiating the details of a nuclear deal," 13 June 2018 In criticizing the operation, some Democrats found themselves at odds with French and U.K. allies, who have in recent years preferred a restrained approach to military operations. Chris Gordon, WSJ, "Partisan Divide Defines Congressional Reaction to Syria Strikes," 14 Apr. 2018 Brady Jandreau’s performance as Brady Blackburn is astonishingly restrained and mature. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Rider Is the Best Film of 2018 So Far," 11 Apr. 2018 During a time when maximalism and a more-is-more mentality are surging through menswear, opting for an unfinished and restrained aesthetic can be subversive. Tyler Watamanuk, GQ, "These Converse Sneakers Get the Inside-Out Treatment," 13 June 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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