self-control

[self-kuhn-trohl, self-]
noun
control or restraint of oneself or one's actions, feelings, etc.

Origin:
1705–15

self-controlled, adjective
self-controlling, adjective


self-discipline, self-restraint, willpower, levelheadedness.
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self-control
 
n
the ability to exercise restraint or control over one's feelings, emotions, reactions, etc
 
self-con'trolled
 
adj
 
self-con'trolling
 
adj

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Word Origin & History

self-control
1711, from self + control (q.v.). Coined by Eng. moral philosopher Anthony Ashley Cooper Shaftesbury (1671-1713).
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self-control self-con·trol (sělf'kən-trōl')
n.
control of one's emotions, desires, or actions by one's own will.

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Example sentences
The ability to resist our impulses is commonly described as self-control or
  willpower.
His self-control in the wilderness becomes even more remarkable considering the
  secrets he was hiding.
It was obvious from the start of training that this dog had no boundaries, no
  limitations on behavior and no self-control.
Instead, all you have to fall back on is your own self-control.
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