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[self-ri-streynt, self-] /ˈsɛlf rɪˈstreɪnt, ˌsɛlf-/
restraint imposed on one by oneself; self-control.
Origin of self-restraint
First recorded in 1765-75
Related forms
self-restrained, adjective
self-restraining, adjective Unabridged
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  • In no duty towards others is there more need of reticence and self-restraint.

    The Republic Plato
  • Only by the exercise of a self-restraint which at first seems brutal can life be endured there.

    Murder Point

    Coningsby Dawson
  • And yet I could not help wondering at his natural temperance and self-restraint and manliness.

    Symposium Plato
  • Mary was proud of him, proud of his courage and self-restraint.

    Mary-'Gusta Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Courage, then, and self-restraint; and thus we shall foil their aims.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • The hunting of the one is carried on with self-restraint, of the others with effrontery.

    The Sportsman Xenophon
  • His powers of self-restraint were great, but he had reached their limit.

    The Hound From The North Ridgwell Cullum
  • I was happy in her gratitude and in my powers of self-restraint.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
British Dictionary definitions for self-restraint


restraint imposed by oneself on one's own feelings, desires, etc
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Word Origin and History for self-restraint

1754, from self- + restraint.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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