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restrained (comparative more restrained, superlative most restrained)
- Held back, limited, kept in check or under control.
- He greeted her for the first time in three years with a restrained embrace.
- (obsolete) Proscribed, restricted.
- c. 1603–1604 (date written), William Shakespeare, “Measure for Measure”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act II, scene iv], page 69, column 1-2:
- Ha? fie, these filthy vices. It were as good
To pardon him, that hath from nature stolne a man already made, as to remit
Their sawcie sweetnes, that do coyne heauens Image
In stamps that are forbid: 'tis all as easie,
Falsely to take away a life true made,
As to put mettle in restrained meanes
To make a false one.
held back, limited, kept in check or under control
- simple past tense and past participle of restrain
- He was restrained by the straight jacket.
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