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Not evil maybe; just lacking restraint (7)


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'lacking restraint' is the definition.

'not evil maybe' is the wordplay.
'maybe' indicates anagramming the letters.
'notevil' anagrammed gives 'VIOLENT'.

'just' is the link.
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(Other definitions for violent that I've seen before include "not peaceful either" , "Intensely forceful" , "Brutal - intense" , "Immoderate" , "Bloodthirsty" .)

I've seen this clue in The Globe and Mail.
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