Restrained

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Restrain \Re*strain"\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Restrained}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Restraining}.] [OE. restreinen, F. restreindre, fr. L. restringere, restrictum; pref. re- re- + stringere to draw, bind, or press together. See {Strain}, verb (used with an object), and cf. {Restrict}.]

1. To draw back again; to hold back from acting, proceeding, or advancing, either by physical or moral force, or by any interposing obstacle; to repress or suppress; to keep down; to curb.

Restrain in me the cursed thoughts that nature Gives way to in repose! --Shak.

2. To draw back toghtly, as a rein. [Obs.] --Shak.

3. To hinder from unlimited enjoiment; to abridge.

Though they two were committed, at least restrained of their liberty. --Clarendon.

4. To limit; to confine; to restrict. --Trench.

Not only a metaphysical or natural, but a moral, universality also is to be restrained by a part of the predicate. --I. Watts.

5. To withhold; to forbear.

Thou restrained prayer before God. --Job. xv. 4.

Syn: To check; hinder; stop; withhold; repress; curb; suppress; coerce; restrict; limit; confine.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

restrained

adjective

1: cool and formal in manner [syn: {restrained}, {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}, {restrained}]

4: not showy or obtrusive; "clothes in quiet good taste" [syn: {quiet}, {restrained}]

5: prudent; "guarded optimism" [syn: {guarded}, {restrained}]


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