[self-ri-streynt, self-]


restraint imposed on one by oneself; self-control.

Origin of self-restraint

First recorded in 1765–75
Related formsself-re·strained, adjectiveself-re·strain·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for self-restraint

moderation, continence

Examples from the Web for self-restraint

Contemporary Examples of self-restraint

Historical Examples of self-restraint

  • In no duty towards others is there more need of reticence and self-restraint.

  • Only by the exercise of a self-restraint which at first seems brutal can life be endured there.

    Murder Point

    Coningsby Dawson

  • And yet I could not help wondering at his natural temperance and self-restraint and manliness.

  • Mary was proud of him, proud of his courage and self-restraint.


    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Courage, then, and self-restraint; and thus we shall foil their aims.

    The Strolling Saint

    Raphael Sabatini

British Dictionary definitions for self-restraint



restraint imposed by oneself on one's own feelings, desires, etc
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Word Origin and History for self-restraint

1754, from self- + restraint.

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