Definition of restrained in English:

restrained

adjective

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

    ‘his restrained, gentlemanly voice’
    • ‘In Delicious Chemistry the elements of restrained instrumentation, intelligent arrangement and superbly controlled vocals come together into a powerful compound.’
    • ‘The count displays the inner calm, the ideal of restrained, and learned manners required of a gentleman.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Now, in the restrained language of the central bank, a substantial further fall in the inflation rate would be ‘unwelcome.’’
    • ‘The choice of this elegant townhouse space gave the exhibition a relatively restrained tone, especially in light of Geers's reputation as a provocateur.’
    • ‘Her latest work, Geometry of Quiet, which received its North American premiere, shows Brown in a mood of restrained, judiciously measured eloquence.’
    • ‘Bambooque developed his own moderate and restrained form.’
    • ‘His conception of a restrained aristocratic manliness is as applicable to the potentially hubristic - or tyrannical - prince as it is to the courtier.’
    • ‘Despite the presence of a couple of slightly more restrained pieces (including the closing ‘Japan’), Humcrush is packed with incident.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is simply too much visual clutter for a site that should be treated with restrained dignity.’
    • ‘A restrained yet upbeat percussion on tracks such as ‘My Beautiful White Dog’ are a nice counterpoint to the overall melancholy of the disk.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The restrained editing style heightens the intensity and allows greater scrutiny of the characters.’
    • ‘His mother's restrained manner, in addition to decreased work hours, wear out and depress Paul so much that he suffers greatly.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Closed, the cabinet appears as a minimalist cube - a solid and restrained form that belies its complex and interactive quality.’
      • ‘Their restrained, sober forms and motifs characterise what is now known as the ‘Queen Anne’ style.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘By contrast, a Scottish artiste might play to sodden Glasgow shipwrights, a restrained middle class audience and a temperance rally in the same week.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The style is heightened by the restrained color palette and decidedly retro feel to the animation.’
      • ‘Alexander Sokurov has a surprisingly ornate clock in his otherwise cool and restrained St Petersburg flat.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The principal rooms are finished with a restrained elegance.’
      • ‘Osmosis Part 1 is a wheeling, plaintively calling piece with restrained, squeezed-chord electronics from Frisell.’
      • ‘The vivacity of former years gave way to a more restrained and meditative art.’
      • ‘Throughout Misery is a Butterfly, all recording tracks share this remarkably restrained touch.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2Kept under control.
      ‘a patch of land turned into a restrained wilderness’
    3. 1.3Held 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/