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 includes high-profile athletes, who in the past have felt restrained from sharing their true feelings or experiences related to racial injustice., "Women Athletes Are On The Front Lines Of The Racial Justice Movement. Why Aren’t We Hearing About It?," 2 July 2020 With the rate of new coronavirus cases rising in nearly 40 states, Fourth of July celebrations across the United States have been canceled or scaled back as anxious governors and mayors urge people to take a more restrained approach to the holiday. Washington Post, "Coronavirus update: Alabama and North Carolina break single-day records of new cases," 3 July 2020 For a more restrained option, check out these Chocolate Pudding Pops from Nourish columnist Ellie Krieger. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "Ice pops are a quintessential summer treat. Here’s how to make your own.," 19 June 2020 The decision came after President Donald Trump balked at calls by officials at host site Charlotte, N.C., for a more restrained convention. John Kennedy And Zac Anderson, USA TODAY, "Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis pledges to keep state open, downplays rise in coronavirus cases," 17 June 2020 Very quickly a more limited and restrained approach emerged, which focused on selective sabotage, propaganda, and intelligence-gathering. Christopher R. Browning, The New York Review of Books, "Who Resisted the Nazis?," 17 June 2020 In the cheese department, however, Waters is surprisingly restrained — only Parmesan and Monterey jack. Flora Tsapovsky,, "A peek into the refrigerators of Alice Waters and Dominique Crenn," 12 June 2020 Optimists believed the president would demand police officers be better trained and restrained. Paul Daugherty,, "Doc's TML: We're given empty symbolism in dire circumstances. Still, we can't breathe.," 2 June 2020 The police response varied from restrained to aggressive, with officers at times firing tear gas and rubber bullets. Tim Sullivan And Matt Sedensky, The Christian Science Monitor, "Peaceful George Floyd protests turn to violence and looting," 1 June 2020

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First Known Use of restrained

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of restrained was in the 14th century

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20 Jul 2020

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“Restrained.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of restrained

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

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