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 for restrained
From 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.
     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.
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              Restrain in me the cursed thoughts that nature
              Gives way to in repose!               --Shak.
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     2. To draw back toghtly, as a rein. [Obs.] --Shak.
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     3. To hinder from unlimited enjoiment; to abridge.
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              Though they two were committed, at least restrained
              of their liberty.                     --Clarendon.
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     4. To limit; to confine; to restrict. --Trench.
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              Not only a metaphysical or natural, but a moral,
              universality also is to be restrained by a part of
              the predicate.                        --I. Watts.
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     5. To withhold; to forbear.
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              Thou restrained prayer before God.    --Job. xv. 4.
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     Syn: To check; hinder; stop; withhold; repress; curb;
          suppress; coerce; restrict; limit; confine.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  restrained
      adj 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]

From 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,
     withdrawn
  
  

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