self-dis·​ci·​pline ˌself-ˈdi-sə-plən How to pronounce self-discipline (audio)
: correction or regulation of oneself for the sake of improvement

Examples of self-discipline in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her mother, Candi Gauff, attributed her daughter’s success to her self-discipline. Marlene Lenthang, NBC News, 11 Sep. 2023 Traditionally, Black August is not a month of celebration, but rather a 31-day period of commemoration, reflection, education and self-discipline. Safire R. Sostre, Essence, 4 Aug. 2023 The program emphasizes the core values of teamwork, leadership and self-discipline. John Benson, cleveland, 2 Aug. 2023 The notion that reaching your goals and overcoming your weaknesses is solely about self-discipline and tenacity is dangerously flawed. Ron Carucci, Forbes, 17 July 2023 But optimists can point to the obvious, easy gains that would demonstrably flow from individual and organizational self-discipline and hope that future generations are wise enough to recognize and seize them. Foreign Affairs, 10 Dec. 2020 London is kind of like a place that has grounded me in terms of self-discipline in regards to having the right tools to be effective and efficient. Nelson C.j., Rolling Stone, 28 June 2023 That said, the program relies heavily on self-motivation and self-discipline, which may be challenging for some users, says Scott. Women's Health, 18 Apr. 2023 Staying connected in a world that often encourages disconnection can be challenging, but forming new habits around self-discipline and personal awareness can be a game changer. Jennifer Sodini, Rolling Stone, 12 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1612, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of self-discipline was in 1612

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“Self-discipline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

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: correction or regulation of oneself for the sake of improvement

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