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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. restraint of oneself or one's actions, feelings, etc.

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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

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. self-control(noun)ˈɛlfkəntrˈoʊl

    the ability to control yourself even when you are angry, excited, etc.

    a lack of self-control

  2. self-controlˈɛlfkəntrˈoʊl

    to use self-control


  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.

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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


control of oneself, one's emotions and impulses

He behaved with admirable self-control although he was very angry.

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