[self-kuhn-trohl, self-]


control or restraint of oneself or one's actions, feelings, etc.

Origin of self-control

First recorded in 1705–15
Related formsself-con·trolled, adjectiveself-con·trol·ling, adjective

Synonyms for self-control Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for self-control

Contemporary Examples of self-control

Historical Examples of self-control

  • The girl's form became rigid as she fought for self-control.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • As for Garson, once again the surge of feeling threatened to overwhelm his self-control.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • The tender words broke down the last barrier of her self-control.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Renmark stood motionless as a statue, an object lesson in self-control.

  • Nails biting into her hands in her struggle for self-control, she left the room.


    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

British Dictionary definitions for self-control



the ability to exercise restraint or control over one's feelings, emotions, reactions, etc
Derived Formsself-controlled, adjectiveself-controlling, adjective
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Word Origin and History for self-control

1711, from self- + control (n.). Coined by English moral philosopher Anthony Ashley Cooper Shaftesbury (1671-1713).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

self-control in Medicine



Control of one's emotions, desires, or actions by one's own will.
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