of low intensity and reduced volume; softened: She spoke in muted tones.

1860–65; mute + -ed2

mutedly, adverb
unmuted, adjective
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muted (ˈmjuːtɪd)
1.  (of a sound or colour) softened: a muted pink shirt
2.  (of an emotion or action) subdued or restrained: his response was muted
3.  (of a musical instrument) being played while fitted with a mute: muted trumpet

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., mewet "silent," from O.Fr. muet, dim. of mut, mo, from L. mutus "silent, dumb," probably from imitative base *mu- (cf. Skt. mukah "dumb," Gk. myein "to be shut," of the mouth). Assimilated in form in 16c. to L. mutus. The verb is first attested 1861. Related: Muted; muting. Musical noun sense
first recorded 1811, of stringed instruments, 1841, of horns.
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Medical Dictionary

mute (myōōt)
Unable or unwilling to speak. n.
One who does not have the faculty of speech. No longer in technical use, considered offensive.

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