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[self-kuh n-trohl, self-] /ˈsɛlf kənˈtroʊl, ˌsɛlf-/
control or restraint of oneself or one's actions, feelings, etc.
Origin of self-control
First recorded in 1705-15
Related forms
self-controlled, adjective
self-controlling, adjective
self-discipline, self-restraint, willpower, levelheadedness. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for self-control
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  • The girl's form became rigid as she fought for self-control.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • As for Garson, once again the surge of feeling threatened to overwhelm his self-control.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • The tender words broke down the last barrier of her self-control.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Renmark stood motionless as a statue, an object lesson in self-control.

  • Nails biting into her hands in her struggle for self-control, she left the room.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
British Dictionary definitions for self-control


the ability to exercise restraint or control over one's feelings, emotions, reactions, etc
Derived Forms
self-controlled, adjective
self-controlling, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for self-control

1711, from self- + control (n.). Coined by English moral philosopher Anthony Ashley Cooper Shaftesbury (1671-1713).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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self-control in Medicine

self-control self-con·trol (sělf'kən-trōl')
Control of one's emotions, desires, or actions by one's own will.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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