restrained

Use the adjective restrained to describe something that's kept under control, such as strong emotion or even physical movement. If you're angry but you don't want it to show, you might speak in a restrained manner.

Restrained can describe someone or something that is physically immobilized or held back. For example, an angry crowd might have to be restrained by riot police. Or it can mean a different kind of holding back and describe something that is understated and discreet. Actresses who walk the red carpet often avoid attention-getting gowns in favor of more restrained outfits in times of war or national crisis.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: restrained

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adj
under restraint
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adj
prudent
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: restrained
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adj under restraint

Synonyms
controlled
restrained or managed or kept within certain bounds
inhibited
held back or restrained or prevented
reserved
marked by self-restraint and reticence
close
strictly confined or guarded
low-key, low-keyed, subdued
restrained in style or quality
unexpansive
not given to high spirits or effusiveness
Antonyms:
unrestrained
not subject to restraint
uncontrolled
not being under control; out of control
free
able to act at will; not hampered; not under compulsion or restraint
uninhibited
not inhibited or restrained
unreserved
not cautious or reticent
excessive, extravagant, exuberant, overweening
unrestrained, especially with regard to feelings
freewheeling
free of restraints or rules
highflying
extravagant or ambitious or extreme in aims or opinions
unbridled, unchecked, uncurbed, ungoverned
not restrained or controlled
unbuttoned, unlaced
not under constraint in action or expression
unhampered, unhindered
not slowed or blocked or interfered with
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adj prudent

Synonyms:
guarded
cautious
showing careful forethought

adj not showy or obtrusive

Synonyms:
quiet
unostentatious, unpretending, unpretentious
not ostentatious

adj marked by avoidance of extravagance or extremes

restrained in his response”
Synonyms:
moderate
temperate
not extreme in behavior

adj cool and formal in manner

Synonyms:
reticent, unemotional
undemonstrative
not given to open expression of emotion
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