Definition of self-control in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌsɛlfkənˈtrəʊl/


[mass noun]
The ability to control oneself, in particular one’s emotions and desires, especially in difficult situations: Lucy silently struggled for self-control
More example sentences
  • This account suggests a tendency to lose self-control in unexpected situations.
  • We need self-control in situations where anger or addictions cause us to spiral out of control.
  • The law expects a greater measure of self-control in unwanted situations where human life is at stake.
self-discipline, self-restraint, restraint, control, self-mastery, self-possession, will power, strength of will, composure, coolness;
moderation, temperateness, temperance, abstemiousness, abstention, non-indulgence
informal cool
rare countenance



Pronunciation: /ˌsɛlfkənˈtrəʊld/
Example sentences
  • The recommendations do not extend to predatory aggression or what has been described as planned and self-controlled aggressive behavior.
  • He exhibited all the most valuable traits characteristic of this variety of personality, being scrupulous, self-controlled, honest, and passionately concerned with the pursuit of truth.
  • Normally, they are self-controlled, calm and sympathetic.

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