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. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    A man makes inferiors his superiors by heat; self-control is the rule.

  2. Woody Haldrugold:

    Each child is an evil. Each adult is an self-control or be controlled evil.

  3. Grenville Kleiser:

    By constant self-discipline and self-control you can develop greatness of character

  4. Lord Tennyson:

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

  5. Todd Hare:

    When you're faced with a situation requiring a self-control dilemma, you will be ready with an alternative way to handle it.

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