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[ adjective ] cool and formal in manner

Used in print

(Philip Reaves, "Who Rules the Marriage Bed?"...)

They are n't `` frigid '' and they are n't homosexual ; they 're just restrained in all of life .

(Bell I. Wiley, "Home Letters of Johnny Reb and Billy...)

Owing to the restrained usages characteristic of 19_th century America , these letters usually were stereotyped and revealed little depth of feeling .

Related terms

undemonstrative

2
[ adjective ] under restraint

Used in print

(David Boroff, "Jewish Teen-Age Culture"...)

The Ivy_League enjoys no easy dominion here , and the boys are as likely to dress in rather foppish Continental fashion , or even in nondescript working_class manner , as they are in the restrained , button-down Ivy way .

3
[ adjective ] not showy or obtrusive

Synonyms

quiet

Examples

"clothes in quiet good taste"

Related terms

unostentatious

4
[ adjective ] free from ostentation or pretension

Examples

"the restrained elegance of the room"

Related terms

discreet

5
[ adjective ] marked by avoidance of extravagance or extremes

Synonyms

moderate

Examples

"moderate in his demands" "restrained in his response"

Related terms

temperate

6
[ adjective ] prudent

Synonyms

guarded

Examples

"guarded optimism"

Related terms

cautious

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