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[self-dis-uh-plin, self-] /ˌsɛlfˈdɪs ə plɪn, ˈsɛlf-/
discipline and training of oneself, usually for improvement:
Acquiring the habit of promptness requires self-discipline.
Origin of self-discipline
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self-disciplined, adjective Unabridged
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  • Willpower is something that you cultivate over the years, by regular exercise and self-discipline.
  • Which means self-discipline is what provides the cause, not education.
  • They don't have enough backbone and self-discipline to quit looting the kitty.
  • The two years of courtship and marriage that followed mark the first return to self-discipline.
  • But this structure also means candidates need a lot of self-discipline.
  • And self-discipline can be counter-productive if your company doesn't embrace it.
  • He has never given a press interview-proof, some say, of his great self-discipline.
  • And life would be duller if every reckless spirit could outsource self-discipline to the state.
  • What ever happened to having the self-discipline to eat and drink only what one's body needs.
  • self-discipline is the ability to set a realistic goal or make a plan-then stick with it.
British Dictionary definitions for self-discipline


the act of disciplining or power to discipline one's own feelings, desires, etc, esp with the intention of improving oneself
Derived Forms
self-disciplined, adjective
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Word Origin and History for self-discipline

also self discipline, 1796, from self- + discipline (n.). Related: Self-disciplined.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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