(adjective, verb)


1. cold and formal in manner

Similar word(s): undemonstrative, reticent, unemotional

2. held back, limited, kept in check or under control.

Similar word(s): controlled, inhibited, reserved, close, subdued, unexpansive

3. marked by avoidance of extravagance or extremes

- restrained in his response

Similar word(s): temperate, moderate

4. not showy or obtrusive

Similar word(s): unostentatious, unpretending, unpretentious, quiet

5. prudent

Similar word(s): cautious, guarded

Sentences with restrained as an adjective:

- He greeted her for the first time in three years with a restrained embrace.


1. simple past tense and past participle of restrain

- He was restrained by the straight jacket.