self-con·​trol ˌself-kən-ˈtrōl How to pronounce self-control (audio)
: restraint exercised over one's own impulses, emotions, or desires
self-controlled adjective

Examples of self-control in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The overall purpose of Ash Wednesday is to honor the 40 days that Christ spent in the desert by fasting and practicing self-control. Maeghan Dolph, Fox News, 14 Feb. 2024 Regardless of the underlying motivation—whether a desire for negative information, loss of self-control or the endless stream of news—doomscrolling ultimately leads to a harmful pattern of behavior that can take a toll on our mental health. Mark Travers, Forbes, 10 Feb. 2024 There’s no need to be ashamed; a lack of self-control isn’t fully to blame. Alyssa Hui, Verywell Health, 9 Feb. 2024 Powerful feelings could overload our self-control and ambition in a similar manner!, Baltimore Sun, 21 Jan. 2024 The thought-provoking content is likely to inspire discussions about Wilkerson’s ideas and the movie’s themes of courage, integrity, self-control and perseverance. Common Sense Media, Washington Post, 19 Jan. 2024 Portman and Moore don’t look like average women but resemble drag queens specializing in stealthy passion and uneasy self-control — one a professional parasite and the other a pathetic sociopath, each fronting rictus grins. Armond White, National Review, 10 Jan. 2024 In fact, a 2020 study from Dutch researchers found forming habits isn't influenced by self-control as much as it is influenced by time: People who were able to consistently perform a goal over the course of 90 days formed the strongest long-term habits. Rachael Schultz, Glamour, 4 Jan. 2024 But as one commenter points out, this issue is really about teaching kids boundaries and self-control. Melissa Willets, Parents, 28 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1653, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-control was in 1653

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“Self-control.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: control over one's own impulses, emotions, or acts

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