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moderation

[mod-uh-rey-shuh n] /ˌmɒd əˈreɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the quality of being moderate; restraint; avoidance of extremes or excesses; temperance.
2.
the act of moderating.
3.
moderations, British. the first public examinations at Oxford University for the B.A. degree in mathematics or in classics.
Idioms
4.
in moderation, without excess; moderately; temperately:
to drink in moderation.
Origin of moderation
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English moderacion < Latin moderātiōn- (stem of moderātiō). See moderate, -ion
Related forms
promoderation, adjective
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  • These men begin by reading for a form of moderations known as science preliminaries or jurisprudence preliminaries.

    An American at Oxford John Corbin
  • In the final schools the range of choice is greater than at moderations, and is greater in some schools than in others.

    An American at Oxford John Corbin
  • Mind you, if you had stuck to your work sooner, you would have had more than a second in moderations.

    Ravenshoe Henry Kingsley
  • They do this by reading for moderations, for pass moderations as well as honor mods may be followed by an honor school at finals.

    An American at Oxford John Corbin
  • Having done with moderations, an honor man is forced to choose a final school.

    An American at Oxford John Corbin
British Dictionary definitions for moderations

Moderations

/ˌmɒdəˈreɪʃənz/
plural noun
1.
short for Honour Moderations

moderation

/ˌmɒdəˈreɪʃən/
noun
1.
the state or an instance of being moderate; mildness; balance
2.
the act of moderating
3.
in moderation, within moderate or reasonable limits
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Word Origin and History for moderations

moderation

n.

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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