Definition of moderation in English:


Line breaks: mod¦er|ation
Pronunciation: /mɒdəˈreɪʃ(ə)n


[mass noun]
  • 2British The action or process of moderating examination papers, results, or candidates: coursework may need to be filed separately for the purposes of moderation
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    • They could have faced up to the fact that if one is to have a ranking-comparing examination or test, then one has to have some sort of moderation or scaling process.
    • The process of marking and moderation will be completed by Wednesday, October 6, 2004.
    • That was for production, printing, marking and moderation, not the fees schools pay.
  • 2.1 (Moderations) The first public examination in some faculties for the BA degree at Oxford University: he took firsts in classical honour Moderations
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    • Born in Shipston-on-Stour, he was educated at Winchester and later went up to New College, Oxford, and obtained a first-class degree in Moderations.
    • Next year will see the examination timetable for Classics Moderations change considerably.
    • This provides for candidates who have failed one or more papers in the new Moderations to enter for the Preliminary Examination.
  • 3 Physics The retardation of neutrons by a moderator.
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    • Soil water content was measured three times per week by neutron moderation method at 10, 20, 40, 60, and 80 cm depths.
    • The individual fibers absorb water, which can contribute to thermal moderation.


in moderation

Within reasonable limits; not to excess: nuts can be eaten in moderation
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  • Hence the need to regularly swim, cycle, or walk - all in moderation and within your limits of course.
  • When used in moderation or used in excess on an infrequent basis, the primary effects can be short term.
  • When it comes to dieting, the official view - eat a balanced diet in moderation, and do exercise - is probably the right one.
in moderate quantities, in moderate amounts, within reasonable limits, within sensible limits, within limits, within bounds, within due limits; moderately, up to a point


late Middle English: via Old French from Latin moderatio(n-), from the verb moderare 'to control' (see moderate).

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