restrained in design, presentation, etc.; low-key: the understated elegance of the house.

1935–40; understate + -ed2

understatedness, noun
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verb (used with object), understated, understating.
to state or represent less strongly or strikingly than the facts would bear out; set forth in restrained, moderate, or weak terms: The casualty lists understate the extent of the disaster.

1815–25; under- + state

understatement [uhn-der-steyt-muhnt, uhn-der-steyt-] , noun
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understate (ˌʌndəˈsteɪt)
1.  to state (something) in restrained terms, often to obtain an ironic effect
2.  to state that (something, such as a number) is less than it is

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But he also understated the extent to which that failure doomed the country.
His style was understated and he seemed a bit scattered.
It's an understated number for an underestimated generation.
Lew is more understated, but don't take him for any less stylish.
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