will power

noun
control of one's impulses and actions; self-control.
Also, willpower.


Origin:
1870–75

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willpower (ˈwɪlˌpaʊə)
 
n
1.  the ability to control oneself and determine one's actions
2.  firmness of will

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Example sentences
Beating an addiction to nicotine takes a lot of willpower and determination.
For these a smoker needs behavioral therapy, counseling or extreme willpower.
But years of indolent island living sap his willpower, and he spends his last
  days in poverty and degradation.
If your an addict what does it tell you about human willpower.
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