Definition of self-restraint in English:



mass noun
  • Restraint imposed by oneself on one's own actions; self-control.

    • ‘We believe that the most effective enforcement tool is self-policing and self-restraint.’
    • ‘True manhood involved having a strong manly character exemplified by self-control and self-restraint.’
    • ‘It used to be the case that former presidents exercised self-restraint in commenting on the performance of their successors in office.’
    • ‘In true bistro tradition, you'll come away a few kilos the heavier unless you exercise some serious self-restraint - take it from me!’
    • ‘They say British women have no self-restraint.’
    • ‘The tattooed person should keep Buddhist precepts of self-restraint to ensure the power of the tattoos.’
    • ‘I didn't know I had quite so much self-restraint.’
    • ‘It was this temperance and self-restraint that led to Mendes being noticed in Hollywood.’
    • ‘The sporting code, which had been rough and ready for most of the nineteenth century, especially in Africa, began to impose more self-restraint on hunters.’
    • ‘Thus, one might cultivate and exercise virtues such as self-restraint for the sake of goods, such as a rich and vibrant marriage.’
    • ‘Schooled in self-restraint and ideals of nobility, she maintains a dispassionate tone, and her captors' treatment of her provides insights denied to most prisoners.’
    • ‘Conservatives practice this self-restraint, which is one reason they have gotten enough moderate voters to win recent elections.’
    • ‘He had a keen awareness of the ebb and flow of history, and of the need for consistent jurisprudence, and, above all, self-restraint.’
    • ‘Civil rights groups and lawyers have approached the attorney general and urged him to issue an informal warning to establish self-restraint by the print and broadcast media.’
    • ‘In the widespread atmosphere of fear about further attacks, the normal sense of self-restraint was not, and did not have to be, exercised by the executive.’
    • ‘I didn't spend my entire time in Vegas sitting amongst gamblers and preaching the puritanical virtue of self-restraint.’
    • ‘Compelling answers to this need for self-restraint, for delayed gratification, are in short supply.’
    • ‘Although he has more at stake this year, his self-restraint on these matters, including the prison scandal, has not always prevailed.’
    • ‘I think it is really a behavioral thing involving self-restraint.’
    • ‘As the storm dies down, the trawlermen, all self-restraint washed away by physical exhaustion, crowd into the galley and reveal their deepest fears to the writer.’
    self-control, restraint, control, self-discipline, self-mastery, self-possession, will power, strength of will, moderation, temperateness, temperance, abstemiousness, abstention, non-indulgence
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