self-control

noun
self-con·​trol | \ˌself-kən-ˈtrōl \

Definition of self-control 

: restraint exercised over one's own impulses, emotions, or desires

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self-controlled \ ˌself-​kən-​ˈtrōld \ adjective

First Known Use of self-control

1653, in the meaning defined above

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self-control

noun

English Language Learners Definition of self-control

: control over your feelings or actions

self-control

noun
self-con·​trol | \ˌself-kən-ˈtrōl\

Kids Definition of self-control

: someone's control over his or her own impulses, emotions, or actions I spent my limit. And I walked away with total self-control.— Jack Gantos, Joey Pigza Loses Control

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