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[self-kuh n-trohl, self-] /ˈsɛlf kənˈtroʊl, ˌsɛlf-/
control or restraint of oneself or one's actions, feelings, etc.
Related forms
self-controlled, adjective
self-controlling, adjective
self-discipline, self-restraint, willpower, levelheadedness. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for self control
  • These policies require a level of self control that is inimical to our current way of life.
  • Honesty, self control, and integrity characterize our leaders.
  • It is appropriate they are reined in especially since they showed us their idea of self control.
  • Everyone knows the answer, no one has the discipline and self control.
  • Unrestrained, rewarded greed is insatiable, incapable of self control.
  • Stop blaming fast foods, teach self control and moderation instead.
  • Self injury is more common in those with weaker self control and judgment, such as adolescents.
  • We can forget about positive life style changes and self control.
  • Having self control is a blessing no matter what the situation.
British Dictionary definitions for self control


the ability to exercise restraint or control over one's feelings, emotions, reactions, etc
Derived Forms
self-controlled, adjective
self-controlling, adjective
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Word Origin and History for self control



1711, from self- + control (n.). Coined by English moral philosopher Anthony Ashley Cooper Shaftesbury (1671-1713).

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self control in Medicine

self-control self-con·trol (sělf'kən-trōl')
Control of one's emotions, desires, or actions by one's own will.

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