Definition of restrained in English:

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Pronunciation: /rɪˈstreɪnd/


1Characterized by reserve or moderation; unemotional or dispassionate: his restrained, gentlemanly voice
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  • Despite the presence of a couple of slightly more restrained pieces (including the closing ‘Japan’), Humcrush is packed with incident.
  • Bambooque developed his own moderate and restrained form.
  • The restrained editing style heightens the intensity and allows greater scrutiny of the characters.
self-controlled, controlled, self-restrained, moderate, not given to excesses, sober, steady, phlegmatic, unemotional, inhibited, undemonstrative, unassuming, quiet, calm, thoughtful, reticent, discreet, guarded
1.1(Of colour, decoration, etc.) not excessively showy or ornate; understated: the drawings, with their restrained colours, give a feeling of peace and contemplation
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  • The restrained colour palette of whites teamed with off-white limestone-effect floors and a range of pale fittings enhances the already powerful sense of natural light.
  • He gave his dynamic Futurist paintings a Cubist conception of space, often combined with the extremely restrained colours that characterized the work of Picasso and Braque at this time.
  • The same sale yielded another star lot evocative of time and place: a pair of rosewood bedside steps-cabinets with restrained gilt decoration and marble tops.



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  • The mostly limestone facades, durable and restrainedly luxurious, are pure emanations of the New York skyscraper vernacular tradition.
  • The members of the emergency services were repeatedly but restrainedly commended for doing a fine job.
  • ‘Porch’ starts restrainedly, with vibes gradually added to the group's intricate interplay, but tension builds until the piece explodes in a carefully modulated hailstorm of guitar strafings and thunderous drumming.

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