[self-dis-uh-plin, self-]


discipline and training of oneself, usually for improvement: Acquiring the habit of promptness requires self-discipline.

Origin of self-discipline

First recorded in 1830–40
Related formsself-dis·ciplined, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of self-discipline

  • The psychology of self-discipline is the psychology of the inventor.

  • There is the law, the standard of all Christian self-discipline.

    Gloria Crucis

    J. H. Beibitz

  • None were more stern in self-repression and self-discipline.

    Robert Orange

    John Oliver Hobbes

  • He recovered his self-discipline and waved his hand negligently.


    Everett B. Cole

  • I suppose you have long ago tried all the devices of self-discipline?

British Dictionary definitions for self-discipline



the act of disciplining or power to discipline one's own feelings, desires, etc, esp with the intention of improving oneself
Derived Formsself-disciplined, adjective
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Word Origin and History for self-discipline

also self discipline, 1796, from self- + discipline (n.). Related: Self-disciplined.

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