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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This is a big deal-not as much because of the value of the goods soon to be taxed, which is relatively modest-but more so because until now, Delhi's reaction to Washington's moves had been strikingly restrained. Taylor Telford, Washington Post, "India slaps back at U.S. with tariffs, lobbing small but strategic strike ahead of G-20 summit," 17 June 2019 The prose is plain, direct but restrained, and much goes unsaid. Lidija Haas, Harper's magazine, "New Books," 10 June 2019 Garcia was the person restrained and badly beaten by witnesses at Dial Discotheque. Michael Mccann,, "Arrests Shed New Light on David Ortiz Shooting as Search for Answers Continues," 18 June 2019 Some of them were part of the old guard, from Los Angeles, where gangs had played by a different, more restrained set of rules. Daniel Castro, Harper's magazine, "The Truce," 10 June 2019 But Dark Phoenix, taking a page from Logan, goes for a more restrained route. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "The Quiet Strengths of 'Dark Phoenix'," 8 June 2019 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

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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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English Language Learners Definition of restrained

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

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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