[ self-kuhn-trohl, self- ]
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  1. control or restraint of oneself or one's actions, feelings, etc.

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Origin of self-control

First recorded in 1705–15

Other words for self-control

Other words from self-control

  • self-con·trolled, adjective
  • self-con·trol·ling, adjective

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How to use self-control in a sentence

  • 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.

  • 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


  1. the ability to exercise restraint or control over one's feelings, emotions, reactions, etc

Derived forms of self-control

  • self-controlled, adjective
  • self-controlling, adjective

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