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moderation

[mod-uh-rey-shuh n] /ˌmɒd əˈreɪ ʃən/
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.
Idioms
4.
in moderation, without excess; moderately; temperately:
to drink in moderation.
Origin of moderation
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English moderacion < Latin moderātiōn- (stem of moderātiō). See moderate, -ion
Related forms
promoderation, 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.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • 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

/ˌmɒdəˈreɪʃən/
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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