ritenuto

adjective
ri·​te·​nu·​to | \ ˌrētəˈnü(ˌ)tō\

Definition of ritenuto

: held back in tempo used as a direction in music usually indicating an abrupt slowing down

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History and Etymology for ritenuto

Italian, past participle of ritenere to hold back, detain, restrain, retain, from Latin retinēre

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