Definition of restrained in English:

restrained

adjective

  • 1Characterized by reserve or moderation; unemotional or dispassionate.

    ‘his restrained, gentlemanly voice’
    • ‘His mother's restrained manner, in addition to decreased work hours, wear out and depress Paul so much that he suffers greatly.’
    • ‘The count displays the inner calm, the ideal of restrained, and learned manners required of a gentleman.’
    • ‘His conception of a restrained aristocratic manliness is as applicable to the potentially hubristic - or tyrannical - prince as it is to the courtier.’
    • ‘Vickers understood the nature of evil and the essence of Britten's ambivalence; his robust tenor voice was more convincing than the restrained tones of the reedy Pears.’
    • ‘Al Pacino, with a superbly restrained and world-weary performance, plays Will Dormer, a detective who has come to Alaska to help the local police solve the violent death of a teenage girl.’
    • ‘Bambooque developed his own moderate and restrained form.’
    • ‘A restrained yet upbeat percussion on tracks such as ‘My Beautiful White Dog’ are a nice counterpoint to the overall melancholy of the disk.’
    • ‘The choice of this elegant townhouse space gave the exhibition a relatively restrained tone, especially in light of Geers's reputation as a provocateur.’
    • ‘This is simply too much visual clutter for a site that should be treated with restrained dignity.’
    • ‘Now, in the restrained language of the central bank, a substantial further fall in the inflation rate would be ‘unwelcome.’’
    • ‘Mary Astor and Cecil Kellaway turn in more restrained performances, and Astor in particular brings a weary gravity to her role that's quite effective.’
    • ‘Despite the presence of a couple of slightly more restrained pieces (including the closing ‘Japan’), Humcrush is packed with incident.’
    • ‘Field's film has two spectacular performances, by Sissy Spacek and Tom Wilkinson, though the overall tone is rather restrained and poetic.’
    • ‘Even when talking in the most restrained of voices, Hugo's lilt would still rise up above all others.’
    • ‘Her latest work, Geometry of Quiet, which received its North American premiere, shows Brown in a mood of restrained, judiciously measured eloquence.’
    • ‘To his credit, it is one of the most restrained and subtle disks I have heard in a long time with many very nice moments that will definitely keep me coming back for a listen from time to time.’
    • ‘The silent feature marked his move from silly comedies to the restrained and earnest dramas that would establish his reputation as a world-class filmmaker.’
    • ‘The restrained editing style heightens the intensity and allows greater scrutiny of the characters.’
    • ‘In Delicious Chemistry the elements of restrained instrumentation, intelligent arrangement and superbly controlled vocals come together into a powerful compound.’
    • ‘In its place is a relentlessly restrained duet on which Tricky shadows the breathy lead vocal by new collaborator Constanza Francavilla in a voice that barely rises above a whisper.’
    self-controlled, controlled, self-restrained, moderate, not given to excesses, sober, steady, phlegmatic, unemotional, inhibited, undemonstrative, unassuming, quiet, calm, thoughtful, reticent, discreet, guarded
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    1. 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’
      • ‘By contrast, a Scottish artiste might play to sodden Glasgow shipwrights, a restrained middle class audience and a temperance rally in the same week.’
      • ‘Alexander Sokurov has a surprisingly ornate clock in his otherwise cool and restrained St Petersburg flat.’
      • ‘The restrained colors and the lack of multicolored pictures create the image of a solid, reliable product - and the new mainboard from ASUS is exactly like that.’
      • ‘Their restrained, sober forms and motifs characterise what is now known as the ‘Queen Anne’ style.’
      • ‘Osmosis Part 1 is a wheeling, plaintively calling piece with restrained, squeezed-chord electronics from Frisell.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The vivacity of former years gave way to a more restrained and meditative art.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The principal rooms are finished with a restrained elegance.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Metallic fabrics broke the monotony of a restrained colour palette dominated by greys and blush pink.’
      • ‘Back in Florence by 1564, he was soon involved in Vasari's projects, though painting in a more restrained and monumental style than Vasari's extreme Mannerism.’
      • ‘Closed, the cabinet appears as a minimalist cube - a solid and restrained form that belies its complex and interactive quality.’
      • ‘The style is heightened by the restrained color palette and decidedly retro feel to the animation.’
      • ‘The architects have woven a rich tapestry of restrained luxury into the constrained fabric of an early nineteenth century neoclassical seminary of high heritage significance.’
      • ‘Throughout Misery is a Butterfly, all recording tracks share this remarkably restrained touch.’
      muted, soft, pale, subdued, discreet, subtle, quiet, unobtrusive, unostentatious, understated, artistic, tasteful, graceful
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    2. 1.2 Kept under control.
      ‘a patch of land turned into a restrained wilderness’
      • ‘So in return for having a restrained control over evil and its actions, the people made this being their ruler.’
      • ‘Tessa just stared for a second, her eyes red, glistening with restrained tears.’
      • ‘And, although some of the minor roles are under-developed, the show possesses a restrained power, which can only get stronger when the technical problems are sorted.’
      • ‘She brings Griet to textured life with the subtlety of her posture, the restrained musculature of her face, and the subdued excitement that propels her movements.’
      • ‘She didn't meet his gaze as she answered him; her voice heavy with restrained emotion.’
      • ‘When some actors tackle simple roles they lay into the character heavily to the point of caricature, but Calder elegantly captures all the restrained physicality and emotional nuances.’
      • ‘His performance provides a sober anchor to Kitano's barely restrained jubilation.’
      • ‘Finally, he spoke up once more, his voice broken with restrained tears.’
      • ‘The team placed food randomly around the restrained monkey, and it ‘thought’ the required sequences to get the arm to pick up the food, through trial and error.’
      • ‘Restrained eating is viewed as a mechanism to decrease body dissatisfaction through weight loss.’
      • ‘A restrained intimacy thus develops between these two simply because of the circumstances.’
      • ‘The majority of the songs ebb and flow with a sort of restrained, morbidly surreal sadness, captured more in snatches of imagery and wordless cries than in any concrete narrative.’
      • ‘Finally, restrained eating is hypothesized to be associated with negative affect.’
      • ‘There was carefully restrained anger in his voice and Becca winced when she heard it.’
      • ‘His voice hardened with barely restrained control.’
      • ‘She was incredibly collected and calm, without a hint of restrained anger.’
      • ‘He takes the key from Jewel, grabs the two restrained guards and tosses them bodily into her cell and locks them in before joining the rest of the group.’
      • ‘In that brief glance Vronsky had time to notice the restrained animation that played over her face and fluttered between her shining eyes and the barely noticeable smile that curved her red lips.’
      • ‘Restrained eating - applying excessive control - also leads to overeating.’
    3. 1.3 Held in place (used especially of a person in a vehicle secured by a seat belt)
      ‘the head and chest injuries that even restrained drivers can suffer through impact with the steering wheel’
      • ‘Unrestrained passengers had a higher risk of being fatally injured compared to restrained passengers and it was found that seat belts are 55% effective in preventing fatalities.’
      • ‘Even for adults, side impacts cause the most fatalities to properly restrained passengers.’

Pronunciation

restrained

/rɪˈstreɪnd/