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 Dominic Felix Amici from Kenosha, Wis. — practice more restrained Pan-American diplomacy. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "Escape With Me Into the Delirious World of 1940s Musicals," 7 May 2020 My surprise vanishes, replaced with barely-restrained rage., "First look: YA powerhouse Marissa Meyer returns with debut rom-com 'Instant Karma'," 27 Apr. 2020 To do so safely requires a high-quality travel kennel to keep your dog safe and restrained. The Editors, Field & Stream, "How to Choose the Best Travel Kennel for Your Dog," 13 Apr. 2020 But the number of deaths and new cases continued to grow even at a restrained pace, the Associated Press reports: 570 people died in the period, up 3% to 18,849, while the number of cases grew by 3,951 to 147,577. Chronicle Staff,, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: April 9-10," 24 Apr. 2020 On our test car, the somewhat restrained exterior of the new Passat benefited from the sportiness of the R-line package. Jens Meiners, Car and Driver, "Europe's 2020 Volkswagen Passat Variant Elegance Is Slightly Forbidden Fruit," 14 Apr. 2020 Other types of behavior were subject to a more detailed and laborious case-by-case analysis to ascertain whether the conduct in question unreasonably restrained trade. Amitrajeet A. Batabyal, The Conversation, "How the T-Mobile-Sprint merger will increase inequality," 11 Feb. 2020 So, while the president will likely set aside his rambunctious, freewheeling campaign style in favor of the restrained delivery of his previous State of the Union appearances, the text will include pointed digs at his opponents. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "Trump to attack 'rising force of socialism' in State of the Union speech," 31 Jan. 2020 Green's fiancee, Sandra Mathis, questioned what harm Green could have done to the officer while restrained. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "A Maryland cop was charged with murder after a man was shot 7 times inside his police cruiser," 28 Jan. 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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13 May 2020

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“Restrained.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of restrained

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

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