[ mod-uh-rey-shuh n ]
/ ˌmɒd əˈreɪ ʃən /


the quality of being moderate; restraint; avoidance of extremes or excesses; temperance.
the act of moderating.
moderations, British. the first public examinations at Oxford University for the B.A. degree in mathematics or in classics.


    in moderation, without excess; moderately; temperately: to drink in moderation.

Origin of moderation

1375–1425; late Middle English moderacion < Latin moderātiōn- (stem of moderātiō). See moderate, -ion

Related forms

pro·mod·er·a·tion, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for moderations (2 of 2)


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the state or an instance of being moderate; mildness; balance
the act of moderating
in moderation within moderate or reasonable limits
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