What does self-control mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. self-denial, self-discipline, self-control(noun)

    the act of denying yourself; controlling your impulses

  2. self-control, self-possession, possession, willpower, will power, self-command, self-will(noun)

    the trait of resolutely controlling your own behavior


  1. self-control(Noun)

    The ability to control one's desires and impulses; willpower.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Self-control(noun)

    control of one's self; restraint exercised over one's self; self-command


  1. Self-control

    Self-control is the ability to control one's emotions, behavior, and desires in order to obtain some reward, or avoid some punishment. Presumably, some reward or punishment is operating in the short term which precludes, or reduces, the later reward or punishment. In psychology it is sometimes called self-regulation.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. self-control

    The ability to restrain a laugh at the wrong place.

Editors Contribution

  1. self-control

    The ability to control one's own action, behavior, feelings, emotions, reaction, response, thoughts and will.

    Self-control is a vital life skill innate in every animal and human being.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of self-control in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of self-control in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Lord Tennyson:

    Self-reverence, self knowledge, self-control. These three alone lead life to sovereign power.

  2. Christine Whelan:

    Self-control is a muscle that gets strong(er) when you exercise it, when we try to stop ourselves from eating overly caloric foods or smoking, we might be successful all day long.

  3. Molly Crockett:

    What's exciting about this work is that it identifies specific mechanisms for how stress affects self control : by amplifying the influence of short-term rewards on choices, and by impairing the influence of a brain region known to be important for self-control.

  4. Emeasoba George:

    Self control is all about having a firm hand i.e. self control is strict discipline/control of one's emotions and actions. Are you self controlled or not? If NO then, you've got to strictly discipline/control your emotions/actions. For, you ought to do just that.

  5. Emeasoba George:

    Self-control is nothing else but saying 'Yes' to some things and saying 'No' to certain things. Oh! Yes, self-control matters a lot. And so, never be jack of all trades and master of none. Come on, you've got to be self-controlled and as well refuse to be tossed around by anybody/anything.

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