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[self-kuh n-trohl, self-] /ˈsɛlf kənˈtroʊl, ˌsɛlf-/
control or restraint of oneself or one's actions, feelings, etc.
Origin of self-control
Related forms
self-controlled, adjective
self-controlling, adjective
self-discipline, self-restraint, willpower, levelheadedness. Unabridged
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  • 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.
  • Weight loss is usually presented as some kind of road to personal fulfillment and salvation through self-control.
  • These are college students, with little respect for academic work on sensitive subjects and little ability to self-control.
  • Simply exerting self-control over the motor function by not pressing the button led to reduced negative emotional response.
  • Holding it when you've got to pee takes self-control, and that discipline can spread to other parts of your brain.
  • We can anticipate the buzz, the slackening of self-control, the impaired motor movements and the increased mind-wandering.
  • He studies self-control, decision-making, and counterfactual reasoning.
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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