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.

Definitions of restrained
  1. adjective
    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
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    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
    incontinent, unbridled, unchecked, uncurbed, ungoverned, wanton
    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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  2. adjective
    prudent
    synonyms: guarded
    cautious
    showing careful forethought
  3. adjective
    not showy or obtrusive
    synonyms: quiet
    unostentatious, unpretending, unpretentious
    not ostentatious
  4. adjective
    marked by avoidance of extravagance or extremes
    restrained in his response”
    synonyms: moderate
    temperate
    not extreme in behavior
  5. adjective
    cool and formal in manner
    synonyms: reticent, unemotional
    undemonstrative
    not given to open expression of emotion
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