restrained Definition

  • 1characterized by reserve or moderation; unemotional or dispassionate
  • 2held back, limited, or kept under control

Using restrained: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "restrained" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She gave a restrained performance that was praised by the critics.

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    The police used a restrained approach to control the crowd.

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    He showed a restrained reaction to the news of his promotion.

restrained Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with restrained

  • self-restrained

    exhibiting self-control or self-discipline


    She remained self-restrained despite the provocation.

  • laughter that is quiet and controlled


    The audience broke into restrained laughter at the comedian's joke.

  • a style that is simple and not excessive


    The designer's restrained style is characterized by clean lines and neutral colors.


Summary: restrained in Brief

The term 'restrained' [rɪˈstreɪnd] refers to something characterized by reserve or moderation, or held back, limited, or kept under control. It can describe a person's demeanor, such as 'She gave a restrained performance,' or an approach to a situation, like 'The police used a restrained approach.' 'Restrained' can also be used in phrases like 'self-restrained' and 'restrained style,' and is synonymous with 'controlled' and 'moderate.'