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moderation

[mod-uh-rey-shuh n]
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noun
  1. the quality of being moderate; restraint; avoidance of extremes or excesses; temperance.
  2. the act of moderating.
  3. moderations, British. the first public examinations at Oxford University for the B.A. degree in mathematics or in classics.
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Idioms
  1. in moderation, without excess; moderately; temperately: to drink in moderation.
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Origin of moderation

1375–1425; late Middle English moderacion < Latin moderātiōn- (stem of moderātiō). See moderate, -ion
Related formspro·mod·er·a·tion, adjective
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  • But all the same, there had to be moderation and reason in everything.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • A person who escapes the evils of moderation by committing dyspepsia.

  • I wonder if Rube's first wife's mother has come from Moderation?

    The Village Watch-Tower

    (AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin

  • Lady St. Craye also thought it a useful thing—in moderation.

  • Moderation is the languor and sloth of the soul, Ambition its activity and heat.

    Reflections

    Francois Duc De La Rochefoucauld


British Dictionary definitions for moderation

moderation

noun
  1. the state or an instance of being moderate; mildness; balance
  2. the act of moderating
  3. in moderation within moderate or reasonable limits
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Word Origin and History for moderation

n.

early 15c., from Old French moderacion (14c.) "alteration, modification; mitigation, alleviation," from Latin moderationem (nominative moderatio) "a controlling, guidance, government, regulation; moderation, temperateness, self-control," noun of action from moderatus (see moderate (adj.)).

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