restrained

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

Definition of restrained

: marked by restraint : not excessive or extravagant

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Other Words from restrained

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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But a white Oklahoma officer served less than half of his four-year sentence for killing an unarmed and restrained black man in 2015. Steve Karnowski, Fox News, "Attorneys seek light sentence for cop who shot 911 caller," 7 June 2019 But even in this, Knight’s more restrained approach is apparent. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Bumblebee proves Transformers movies can actually be resonant and emotional," 20 Dec. 2018 The interior's not bad either: compact and cool, with a restrained but eclectic décor that includes seventies-style leather armchairs, dark, textured, industrial-chic walls, and a luminous bar. Maresa Manara, Condé Nast Traveler, "19 Best Spots for Aperitivo in Rome," 1 Mar. 2018 The heartbreaking force of these vignettes is less in the prose, which is elegant and restrained, than in their dispassionate consideration of the country’s racial traumas. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: A Year in the Life of a Short Story," 28 Dec. 2018 But Zhao's restrained, unsentimental style is the opposite of preachy, which makes it all too easy to underappreciate the sublimity of her achievement. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Chloé Zhao's cowboy drama 'The Rider' is a moving, lyrical tale of loss and recovery," 10 Apr. 2018 America’s political past was not more procedural and restrained than its present, and religion does not, in general, calm political divides. Ezra Klein, Vox, "The political tribalism of Andrew Sullivan," 11 Dec. 2018 But the movement is subtle and restrained, providing a cinematic feel without causing the kind of disorientation that stems from aggressive camerawork in VR. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Delusion: Lies Within mixes movies and immersive theater to create a creepy, campy VR adventure," 20 July 2018 Stations’ The powerful simplicity of a voice, a guitar, a restrained melody and a raw emotion has been rediscovered by songwriters like Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and now Taylor Janzen. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "The Playlist: Paul McCartney’s Smooth Tunes, and 13 More New Songs," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of restrained

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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restrained

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of restrained

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

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