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[self-ri-streynt, self-] /ˈsɛlf rɪˈstreɪnt, ˌsɛlf-/
restraint imposed on one by oneself; self-control.
Origin of self-restraint
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self-restrained, adjective
self-restraining, adjective Unabridged
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  • He also lacks the ability to learn from experience, self-restraint and adequate birth control.
  • It's another thing entirely to advocate self-restraint when it comes to reproduction.
  • They tried to attain by joint resolution a degree of editorial self-restraint which few individual editors had as yet acquired.
  • self-restraint becomes more and more a knightly virtue.
  • But it will become a reality only through self-restraint and active effort in friendliness and helpfulness.
  • self-restraint among friends required much more effort than keeping a quiet face before enemies.
  • His emotion was clearly genuine, yet he showed remarkable calm and self-restraint.
  • Their tension comes from prolonged, superhuman acts of self-restraint.
  • Which has made the last two weeks a trying exercise in self-restraint.
  • As a result, religious behavior developed to explain the need for moral self-restraint and social cohesiveness.
British Dictionary definitions for self-restraint


restraint imposed by oneself on one's own feelings, desires, etc
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Word Origin and History for self-restraint

1754, from self- + restraint.

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