[syn: guarded, restrained]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Restrain \Re*strain"\, v. t. [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, v. t., and cf.
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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: cool and formal in manner [syn: restrained, reticent,
2: under restraint [ant: unrestrained]
3: marked by avoidance of extravagance or extremes; "moderate in
his demands"; "restrained in his response" [syn: moderate,
4: not showy or obtrusive; "clothes in quiet good taste" [syn:
5: prudent; "guarded optimism" [syn: guarded, restrained]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
156 Moby Thesaurus words for "restrained":
Attic, Ciceronian, Olympian, aesthetic, aloof, arrested, artistic,
aseptic, backward, barred, bashful, beleaguered, beset, besieged,
blank, blockaded, bound, bridled, cabined, caged, chaste,
chastened, chilled, chilly, choice, classic, clear, cloistered,
closed-in, cold, confined, constrained, controlled, cool, cooped,
cordoned, cordoned off, corralled, cramped, cribbed, curbed,
detached, direct, discreet, distant, easy, elegant, enclosed,
excellent, expressionless, fenced, finished, forbidding, frigid,
frosty, frugal, graceful, gracile, guarded, hedged, hemmed, hushed,
icy, immured, impassive, impersonal, imprisoned, in check,
in control, in good taste, in hand, in leading strings,
in remission, inaccessible, incarcerated, incommunicable,
inhibited, introverted, jailed, leaguered, limited, limpid, lucid,
measured, mewed, moderate, modest, natural, neat, noncommittal,
of choice, of quality, offish, on leash, paled, pellucid, penned,
pent-up, perspicuous, plain, pleasing, polished, pure, quarantined,
quelled, quiet, railed, reasonable, refined, remote, removed,
repressed, reserved, retarded, reticent, retiring, round,
shrinking, shut-in, simple, slowed down, sober, softened, sparing,
stable, standoff, standoffish, stinting, straightforward, subdued,
suppressed, tasteful, tasty, temperate, tempered, terse, trim,
unaffable, unaffected, unapproachable, uncongenial,
undemonstrative, under control, under discipline, under restraint,
understated, unexcessive, unexpansive, unextreme, ungenial,
unlabored, unobtrusive, walled, walled-in, well-chosen,