• WordNet 3.6
    • adj restrained prudent "guarded optimism"
    • adj restrained cool and formal in manner
    • adj restrained not showy or obtrusive "clothes in quiet good taste"
    • adj restrained under restraint
    • adj restrained marked by avoidance of extravagance or extremes "moderate in his demands","restrained in his response"
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  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “All women are flirts, but some are restrained by shyness, and others by sense.”
  • Euripides
    “No one is truly free, they are a slave to wealth, fortune, the law, or other people restraining them from acting according to their will.”
  • John Erskine
    John Erskine
    “Only if we can restrain ourselves is good conversation possible. Good talk rises upon much discipline.”
  • Alexander Pope
    “Two purposes in human nature rule. Self-love to urge, and reason to restrain.”
  • Andre Gide
    “It is easier to lead men to combat, stirring up their passion, than to restrain them and direct them toward the patient labors of peace.”
  • Alexis De Tocqueville
    “The main business of religions is to purify, control, and restrain that excessive and exclusive taste for well-being which men acquire in times of equality.”


In literature:

There is no describing what then passed in my soul: with what difficulty did I restrain my transports!
"The History of Emily Montague" by Frances Brooke
So she restrained herself, though the solitary enjoyment of it irritated her.
"The Bread-winners" by John Hay
His orders, his threats of death, had no restraining effect on the minds of the crusaders.
"Historical Tales, Vol 5 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
But human laws restrain by fear, and God would have all restraint from evil to spring from love.
"Life and Labors of Elder John Kline, the Martyr Missionary" by John Kline
In like manner is his Majesty restrained in every part of the empire.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
As a good judge he must be firm but restrained.
"The Man in Court" by Frederic DeWitt Wells
One of the young Rutherfords had been beside him day and night to restrain the man.
"The Sheriff's Son" by William MacLeod Raine
When we speak of Him as infinite, we are but denying that He is restrained by limits of time and space as we are.
"The Relations Between Religion and Science" by Frederick, Lord Bishop of Exeter
To restrain her he caught first her right, then her left wrist.
"Atlantis" by Gerhart Hauptmann
I had the physical sensation of breathing it, of seeing it, of being at the same time driven on and restrained.
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer

In poetry:

Though Satan still his rule maintained,
And all his arts employed;
That mighty Word his rage restrained,
I could not be destroyed.
"Humbled And Silenced" by John Newton
Wild tears, restrain your overflow!
Down to the darkest gulfs that be,
Thus the great voice shall ever go
Across life's fateful sea.
"In Mist And Dark" by Annie Adams Fields
My people clutched at freedom.—
Though others' wills they chained,—
But made the Law and kept it,—
And Beauty, they restrained.
"The Cross-Current" by Abbie Farwell Brown
But who is wise? The nobler twain,
Who the restraining girdle wear,
Contend too often all in vain
With sinuous curve and frolic hair.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
Great poets, through experience,
Find words so simple and restrained
That in the end they can't do more
Than wait in silence and in awe.
"Things of great worth shall come to pass..." by Boris Pasternak
Above the earth, beyond the sky,
Stands his high throne of majesty;
Nor time nor place his power restrain,
Nor bound his universal reign.
"Psalm 113" by Isaac Watts

In news:

The man was restrained for nearly three hours.
WEST RUTLAND — A man charged with taking money from a cash register at Price Chopper had to be restrained in court Wednesday when a judge said he could not contact his family.
I could hardly restrain myself but I waited until after dinner.
Stull remembered as restrained man, passionate pilot.
Student routinely restrained to fence.
Toni Morrison 's 'Home,' a restrained but powerful novel.
They are also charged with possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, that being the rope and shoe laces allegedly used to restrain the child.
Restrained eating among vegetarians Does a vegetarian eating style mask concerns about weight.
So news just broke that video vixen and best selling author Karrine Steffans has filed for a restraining order against Darius McCray AKA Eddie Winslow.
A temporary restraining order and injunction was granted Tuesday by a judge to stop a vendor at the Tulsa State Fair from offering teeth whitening services.
Restraining order stops vendor from performing teeth whitening at fair.
A temporary restraining order was granted Tuesday by a judge to stop a vendor at the Tulsa State Fair from offering teeth whitening services.
Judge imposes bail increase to $500,000 following 'blatant' violation of restraining order.
A Kentucky judge has issued a restraining order to prohibit an independent political group from airing attack ads bashing Democratic Gov Steve Beshear.
Lindsay Lohan is being advised to not get a restraining order against her father Michael Lohan because it will only create more of a circus in the life of the embattled actress, is exclusively reproting.

In science:

This is to be associated with the fact that a driven particle is geometrically restrained in the DLG.
Lennard--Jones and Lattice Models of Driven Fluids
This provides a justification for simply calling such types stable; still, we will restrain from doing so in order to avoid confusion between this and Shelah’s terminology.
On generically stable types in dependent theories
In space syntax, the spaces are understood as voids between buildings restraining traffic.
Comparative Study of Cities as Complex Networks
In this model, the walker is restrained to a locally inhomogeneous graph, making it difficult to transfer any method used for elliptic random walks in random media.
The speed of a biased random walk on a percolation cluster at high density
Considerations similar to the ones in the proof of the convergence in moments lead to the conclusion that permutations α ∈ V (2) do not contribute, so we can restrain our minimization problem to the set (S4p \ V (2) ) × S4p × F2p .
Gaussianization and eigenvalue statistics for random quantum channels (III)