[self-kuh n-teyn-muh nt, self-]


the state of being self-contained.

Origin of self-containment

First recorded in 1840–50 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for self-containment

Historical Examples of self-containment

  • Spare our property now and you shall not rue your self-containment.

    England and Germany

    Emile Joseph Dillon

  • There was a self-containment and a lack of self-consciousness on the part of the preacher that was not unnoticed by Sterling.

    Dorothy Page

    Eldridge B. Hatcher

  • He had been shaken and stirred of late out of all his self-containment; Prudence had heard many things from him.

    The Furnace

    Rose Macaulay

  • And the attitude of the Cabinet since August 1914 had been marked by the utmost caution and self-containment.

    England and Germany

    Emile Joseph Dillon

  • He had learned self-reliance, which is a good thing, and self-containment, which is a better.