One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he was anxious to contrast his moderation with the sabre-rattling of his opponent’
self-restraint, restraint, self-control, self-discipline
moderateness, temperateness, temperance, abstemiousness, non-indulgence, leniency, fairness
2‘he called for a moderation of the Government's confrontational style’
relaxation, easing, easing off, reduction, abatement, weakening, slackening, diminution, diminishing, lessening, decrease, lightening, subsidence, contraction
tailing off, waning, decline, modulation, ebb, alleviation, attenuation, modification, mitigation, allaying, appeasement, assuagement, palliation, cushioning, damping, deadening, dulling
soothing, relief, softening, tempering, stilling, quelling, calming, pacification, placation, mollification, remission, extenuation
‘wine, if drunk in moderation, can be beneficial to health’
in moderate quantities, in moderate amounts, within reasonable limits, within sensible limits, within limits, within bounds, within due limits
moderately, up to a point
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