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[mod-uh-rey-shuh n] /ˌmɒd əˈreɪ ʃən/
the quality of being moderate; restraint; avoidance of extremes or excesses; temperance.
the act of moderating.
moderations, British. the first public examinations at Oxford University for the B.A. degree in mathematics or in classics.
in moderation, without excess; moderately; temperately:
to drink in moderation.
Origin of moderation
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English moderacion < Latin moderātiōn- (stem of moderātiō). See moderate, -ion
Related forms
promoderation, adjective Unabridged
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  • Please consider moderation to be fair and not to shut it down after he has used these methods.
  • As with everything else, tho, moderation is the key.
  • Two principles, however, have survived this confusing roller-coaster ride of fad diets: balance and moderation.
  • Of course, too much coffee can make people jittery and even raise cholesterol levels, so food experts stress moderation.
  • In fact, in moderation and with some planning, it can be a fine lunch.
  • But they still haven't learned to drink in moderation.
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  • Although, all of these things have their great uses, there should be some moderation involved.
  • It's our policy to discuss moderation only with the parties involved.
  • And many in his party are suspicious of his moderation.
British Dictionary definitions for moderation


the state or an instance of being moderate; mildness; balance
the act of moderating
in moderation, within moderate or reasonable limits
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Word Origin and History for moderation

early 15c., from Old French moderacion (14c.) "alteration, modification; mitigation, alleviation," from Latin moderationem (nominative moderatio) "a controlling, guidance, government, regulation; moderation, temperateness, self-control," noun of action from moderatus (see moderate (adj.)).

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