self-restraint


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self-re·straint

(sĕlf′rĭ-strānt′)
n.
Restraint of one's emotions, desires, or inclinations; self-control.

self-restraint

n
restraint imposed by oneself on one's own feelings, desires, etc

self′-restraint′



n.
restraint imposed on one by oneself; self-control.
[1765–75]
self′-restrained′, adj.
self′-restrain′ing, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.self-restraint - exhibiting restraint imposed on the self; "an effective temperateness in debate"
restraint, control - discipline in personal and social activities; "he was a model of polite restraint"; "she never lost control of herself"
stiff upper lip - self-restraint in the expression of emotion (especially fear or grief); "the British like to keep a stiff upper lip"

self-restraint

noun self-control, self-discipline, willpower, patience, forbearance, abstemiousness, self-command We've been exercising self-restraint in our resistance to occupation.

self-restraint

noun
The keeping of one's thoughts and emotions to oneself:
References in classic literature ?
Hardship and freedom: conditions under which the active, strong, and subtle survive and the weaker go to the wall; conditions that put a premium upon the loyal alliance of capable men, upon self-restraint, patience, and decision.
The virtues, also, such as justice, self-restraint, and so on, are not easily dislodged or dismissed, so as to give place to vice.
But as she could do nothing, she resolutely made up her mind to self-restraint and patience.
His frank acceptance of the situation marks him as either an innocent man, or else as a man of considerable self-restraint and firmness.
Not so much by her hurried gesture of entreaty, not so much by her quick advance and outstretched hands, not so much by the great change in her manner and the absence of her haughty self-restraint, as by a something in her face that I had pined for and dreamed of when I was a little child, something I had never seen in any face, something I had never seen in hers before.
Carey looked at him with startled eyes, and then, used to self-restraint, she poured out another cup of tea for his uncle.
She was speaking as usual in French, and as if after long self-restraint she wished to make up for lost time.
Now Fred piqued himself on keeping clear of lies, and even fibs; he often shrugged his shoulders and made a significant grimace at what he called Rosamond's fibs (it is only brothers who can associate such ideas with a lovely girl); and rather than incur the accusation of falsehood he would even incur some trouble and self-restraint.
It was not often that he had so far overstepped the bounds which his natural caution, his ever-present self-restraint, imposed upon him.
Mary's white muslin dress suited her particularly well, and she seemed the personification of innocence and love as she sat, now bending her head, now gazing up at the very tall and handsome man who was speaking to her with particular tenderness and self-restraint, as if he feared by word or gesture to offend or sully her angelic purity.
Knowing what she knew, suffering as she must have suffered, the quiet kindness of her tone implied an exercise of self-restraint which appealed irresistibly to Emily's sympathies.
He stood looking at her, meditating his next words with a sudden and sinister change to self-restraint.