What does moderation mean?

Definitions for moderation
ˌmɒd əˈreɪ ʃənmod·er·a·tion

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word moderation.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. moderation, moderateness(noun)

    quality of being moderate and avoiding extremes

  2. easing, moderation, relief(noun)

    a change for the better

  3. temperance, moderation(noun)

    the trait of avoiding excesses

  4. moderation, mitigation(noun)

    the action of lessening in severity or intensity

    "the object being control or moderation of economic depressions"


  1. moderation(Noun)

    The state or quality of being moderate; avoidance of extremes

  2. moderation(Noun)

    An instance of moderating: bringing something away from extremes, especially in a beneficial way

  3. moderation(Noun)

    The process of moderating a discussion

    The moderation of a large online forum can be hard work.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Moderation(noun)

    the act of moderating, or of imposing due restraint

  2. Moderation(noun)

    the state or quality of being mmoderate

  3. Moderation(noun)

    calmness of mind; equanimity; as, to bear adversity with moderation

  4. Moderation(noun)

    the first public examinations for degrees at the University of Oxford; -- usually contracted to mods

  5. Origin: [L. moderatio: cf. F. modration.]


  1. Moderation

    Moderation is the process of eliminating or lessening extremes. It is used to ensure normality throughout the medium on which it is being conducted. Common uses of moderation include: ⁕Ensuring consistency and accuracy in the marking of student assessments. ⁕A moderator may remove unsuitable contributions from the website, forum or IRC channel they represent in accordance with their moderation system. ⁕A more proactive nuance is found in the Methodist church's use of the term for the heads of its conferences. ⁕A neutron moderator is used to slow down neutrons in a nuclear reactor. ⁕A way of life emphasizing perfect amounts of everything, not indulging in too much of one thing, hence moderation. ⁕A lifestyle choice by which many college students abide so as not to become alcoholics. Moderation is also a principle of life. In ancient Greece, the temple of Apollo at Delphi bore the inscription Meden Agan - 'Nothing in excess'. Doing something "in moderation" means not doing it excessively. For instance, someone who moderates their food consumption tries to eat all food groups, but limits their intake of those that may cause deleterious effects to harmless levels. Similarly in Christianity, moderationism is the position that drinking alcoholic beverages temperately is permissible, though drunkenness is forbidden. Moderation is a characteristic of the Swedish national psyche, more specifically described by the Swedish synonym Lagom. Moderate Muslims adhere to the concept of contextual relativism as a way to grasp meaning from the Quran.

Editors Contribution

  1. moderation

    The quality of being moderate.

    Moderation is one of the important factors in life.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 1, 2020  

How to pronounce moderation?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say moderation in sign language?

  1. moderation


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of moderation in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of moderation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of moderation in a Sentence

  1. Montesquieu:

    The spirit of moderation should also be the spirit of the lawgiver.

  2. Thomas Paine:

    A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be. Moderation in temper is always a virtue, but moderation in principle is always a vice.

  3. Eddie Jackson:

    My thing now is just moderation.

  4. Jean Paul Richter:

    Only actions give life strength only moderation gives it a charm.

  5. Jean Paul Friedrich Richter:

    Only actions give life strength only moderation gives it charm.

Images & Illustrations of moderation

  1. moderationmoderationmoderationmoderationmoderation

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for moderation

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for moderation »


Find a translation for the moderation definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Український (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Discuss these moderation definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"moderation." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2020. Web. 10 Apr. 2020. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/moderation>.

Are we missing a good definition for moderation? Don't keep it to yourself...

Free, no signup required:

Add to Chrome

Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Free, no signup required:

Add to Firefox

Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for moderation:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.