- control or restraint of oneself or one's actions, feelings, etc.
Origin of self-control
First recorded in 1705–15
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Examples from the Web for self-control
Experts suggest that we need to think of self-control as a “muscle”; something we can train in order to increase our willpower.Willpower: Our Greatest Strength?
September 11, 2014
The type of self-control needed for dieting is very different from that needed for exercising.
At some point, we become depleted—the self-control “muscle” is tired and we can no longer resist.
In turn, the self-control muscle is allowed to recover in preparation for the next day.
To start a diet, you “simply” need to use some self-control and have a lighter breakfast.
The girl's form became rigid as she fought for self-control.
As for Garson, once again the surge of feeling threatened to overwhelm his self-control.
The tender words broke down the last barrier of her self-control.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Renmark stood motionless as a statue, an object lesson in self-control.In the Midst of Alarms
Nails biting into her hands in her struggle for self-control, she left the room.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
- the ability to exercise restraint or control over one's feelings, emotions, reactions, etc
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Word Origin and History for self-control
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- Control of one's emotions, desires, or actions by one's own will.
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