AskDefine | Define restrained

Dictionary Definition

restrained adj
1 cool and formal in manner [syn: reserved, reticent, unemotional]
2 under restraint [ant: unrestrained]
3 marked by avoidance of extravagance or extremes; "moderate in his demands"; "restrained in his response" [syn: moderate]
4 not showy or obtrusive; "clothes in quiet good taste" [syn: quiet]
5 free from ostentation or pretension; "the restrained elegance of the room" [syn: modest, unostentatious]
6 prudent; "guarded optimism" [syn: guarded]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. held back, limited, kept in check or under control.
    He greeted her for the first time in three years with a restrained embrace.


Verb form

  1. Past tense of to restrain
    He was restrained by the straight jacket.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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