[mod-uh-rey-shuh n]


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

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Historical Examples of moderations

  • These men begin by reading for a form of moderations known as science preliminaries or jurisprudence preliminaries.

  • In the final schools the range of choice is greater than at moderations, and is greater in some schools than in others.

  • They do this by reading for moderations, for pass moderations as well as honor mods may be followed by an honor school at finals.

  • Mind you, if you had stuck to your work sooner, you would have had more than a second in Moderations.


    Henry Kingsley

  • Having done with moderations, an honor man is forced to choose a final school.

British Dictionary definitions for moderations


pl n



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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Word Origin and History for moderations



early 15c., from Old French moderacion (14c.) "alteration, modification; mitigation, alleviation," from Latin moderationem (nominative moderatio) "a controlling, guidance, government, regulation; moderation, temperateness, self-control," noun of action from moderatus (see moderate (adj.)).

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