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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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  • Thus the tranquillity and self-restraint of Greek art yield to a passionate and trenchant realisation of the actual romance.

    Renaissance in Italy Vol. 3 John Addington Symonds
  • And yet that one effort of self-restraint was not altogether an unmanly act.

  • Not that he was by any means calm himself, but he was feeling early the need for self-restraint.

    The Making of William Edwards Mrs. G. Linnaeus Banks
  • What most of all helped Lois in her self-restraint was her aunt's unsympathetic look.

    Curious, if True Elizabeth Gaskell
  • The self-restraint which withheld him from protesting that he did, confirmed it.

    Sandra Belloni, Complete George Meredith
  • Without any need of self-restraint, no wish to coquet ever entered her head.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • It has taught you qualities of self-restraint and discipline, and it has given you a sound body.

    Making Money Owen Johnson
  • Reticence and self-restraint are the lessons most constantly inculcated.

    The Map of Life William Edward Hartpole Lecky
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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