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subdue — as in:  subdue opposition

She was threatening people with a knife, but police used a Taser to subdue her.
to control or put down by force or intimidation
subdued — as in:  subdued colors

I prefer a restaurant that lends itself to subdued conversation.
to reduce the intensity of something — such as colors, light, conversation, or mood

or in the form subdued:  describing something of low intensity
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