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[self-dis-uh-plin, self-] /ˌsɛlfˈdɪs ə plɪn, ˈsɛlf-/
discipline and training of oneself, usually for improvement:
Acquiring the habit of promptness requires self-discipline.
Origin of self-discipline
First recorded in 1830-40
Related forms
self-disciplined, adjective Unabridged
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  • The psychology of self-discipline is the psychology of the inventor.

    The Ghost in the White House Gerald Stanley Lee
  • There is the law, the standard of all Christian self-discipline.

    Gloria Crucis J. H. Beibitz
  • None were more stern in self-repression and self-discipline.

    Robert Orange John Oliver Hobbes
  • He recovered his self-discipline and waved his hand negligently.

    Indirection Everett B. Cole
  • I suppose you have long ago tried all the devices of self-discipline?

British Dictionary definitions for self-discipline


the act of disciplining or power to discipline one's own feelings, desires, etc, esp with the intention of improving oneself
Derived Forms
self-disciplined, adjective
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Word Origin and History for self-discipline

also self discipline, 1796, from self- + discipline (n.). Related: Self-disciplined.

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