control or restraint of oneself or one's actions, feelings, etc.
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- self-con·trolled, adjective
- self-con·trol·ling, adjective
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How to use self-control in a sentence
Men were taught self-control about everything from their diet to how to resist the “painted woman.”
Experts suggest that we need to think of self-control as a “muscle”; something we can train in order to increase our willpower.
The type of self-control needed for dieting is very different from that needed for exercising.
Importantly, after using self-control to resist one temptation, your brain has less energy to resist the next one.
Hence, in the long run, dieting requires the use of much more self-control than exercising.
A certain amount of his ill-humour vented, Tressan made an effort to regain his self-control.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
When this sudden discovery leaped out upon him, for a moment he lost his self-control.Three More John Silence Stories | Algernon Blackwood
It was a great fault of his, or perhaps a misfortune—for he could not help it—this want of self-control in moments of emergency.Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood
She felt that the time was opportune to plant the seed of self-control within the young heart.The value of a praying mother | Isabel C. Byrum
This was a fearful task for one like him, but he would strive for self-control just as one throws down a tree to bridge a torrent.The Dragon Painter | Mary McNeil Fenollosa
British Dictionary definitions for self-control
the ability to exercise restraint or control over one's feelings, emotions, reactions, etc
- self-controlled, adjective
- self-controlling, adjective
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