- characterized by restraint: The actor gave a restrained performance.
Origin of restrained
- to strain again.
Origin of re-strain
- to hold back from action; keep in check or under control; repress: to restrain one's temper.
- to deprive of liberty, as by arrest or the like.
- to limit or hamper the activity, growth, or effect of: to restrain trade with Cuba.
Origin of restrain
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Examples from the Web for restrained
The Indian navy was so eager to strike it had to be restrained by the high command.ICYMI: India-Pakistan Head for Nuke War
October 20, 2014
His movie producer character, Bobby Gould, is restrained but still crackling with energy.London Laughs at Lindsay Lohan’s West End Debut
September 24, 2014
The worst part is that Focus on the Family is restrained compared to other Christian conservative child-rearing advice.The Adrian Peterson Beating and the Christian Right's Love of Corporal Punishment
September 16, 2014
“We can use rooftop solar to alleviate areas where supply is restrained,” he said.Panel Discussion
The Daily Beast
September 8, 2014
He is in his late forties; intelligent, people say, but stiff and restrained, an eternal bachelor.Adam Hochschild on Keeping Company With His Dying Father
June 14, 2014
But he had not done so, and she was glad he could be restrained and deliberate in that "breedy" sort of way.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
But his curiosity was too strong to be restrained by mere compassion.The Secret Agent
He felt her eye was upon him, and restrained his emotions as he proceeded.Night and Morning, Complete
But even in his fierce young indignation he restrained himself.The Widow O'Callaghan's Boys
It restrained him, opposed the will of him toward personal liberty.White Fang
- (of a person or person's manner) calm and unemotional
- (of clothes, décor, etc) subtle and tasteful
- to hold (someone) back from some action, esp by force
- to deprive (someone) of liberty, as by imprisonment
- to limit or restrict
Word Origin and History for restrained
"repressed, kept under control," 1570s, past participle adjective from restrain.
mid-14c., from stem of Old French restreindre "press, push together; curb, bridle; bandage" (12c.), from Latin restringere "draw back tightly, confine, check" (see restriction). Related: Restrained; restraining.
That which we restrain we keep within limits; that which we restrict we keep within certain definite limits; that which we repress we try to put out of existence. [Century Dictionary, 1902]