self-restraint

noun
self-re·​straint | \ ˌself-ri-ˈstrānt How to pronounce self-restraint (audio) \

Definition of self-restraint

: restraint exercised over one's own impulses, emotions, or desires : self-control A bitter answer leaped to his tongue, but he was learning self-restraint.— Somerset Maugham

First Known Use of self-restraint

1656, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about self-restraint

Share self-restraint

Statistics for self-restraint

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for self-restraint

The first known use of self-restraint was in 1656

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for self-restraint

self-restraint

noun

English Language Learners Definition of self-restraint

: control over your own actions or feelings that keeps you from doing things you want to do but should not do

self-restraint

noun
self-re·​straint | \ ˌself-ri-ˈstrānt\

Kids Definition of self-restraint

: proper self-control over actions or emotions

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on self-restraint

What made you want to look up self-restraint? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

the range of authority or knowledge

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt-painting-a-young-scholar-and-his-tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!