from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Training and control of oneself and one's conduct, usually for personal improvement.
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- n. Control of oneself, willpower.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Correction or government of one's self for the sake of improvement.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the trait of practicing self discipline
- n. the act of denying yourself; controlling your impulses
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The definition of self-discipline is the ability to regulate one’s conduct by principle and sound judgment, rather than by impulse, desire, or social custom.
Abolitionists continued the movement of the Founding Fathers to replace external controls over the people with strict self-discipline.
They faced what the historian Daniel Horowitz calls “the dilemma materialism posed to the values of hard work, saving, and self-discipline.”
The problem with the discipline of the gallows, the lash, and the sword, according to these revolutionaries, was that it was far less effective than individual self-discipline in keeping social order.
Disease, rape, beatings, murder, and riots were so common that reformers in the nineteenth century developed a new kind of correctional system that reflected the American ideal of self-discipline and was in many ways more severe than the original dungeons.
It asked him to rate the candidate on “interest in math,” “self-discipline” and “problem-solving skills.”
They self-discipline because they made up the rules, he said.
These classes give students confidence, a record of achievement, and self-discipline that helps with academic work.
I used to think that Barack Obama might match Washington and Lincoln in having the sort of self-discipline that keeps vanity in check.
Probably I'm just thrown by Quinto's boyishness, but I don't see any signs in his Spock of this side of Spock, of either his self-discipline or his openness.
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