from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of moderating or restraining; the process of tempering, lessening, or mitigating.
  • noun The state or quality of being moderate or keeping a due mean between opposite extremes; freedom from excess; temperance; due restraint.
  • noun Habitual slowness of thought, speech, or action; great deliberation.
  • noun The act of presiding over, regulating, or directing as a moderator.
  • noun plural In the University of Oxford, England, the first public examination for degrees.
  • noun Synonyms Forbearance, equanimity, sobriety, self-restraint, mildness, composure, calmness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of moderating, or of imposing due restraint.
  • noun The state or quality of being mmoderate.
  • noun Calmness of mind; equanimity.
  • noun The first public examinations for degrees at the University of Oxford; -- usually contracted to mods.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The state or quality of being moderate; avoidance of extremes
  • noun An instance of moderating: bringing something away from extremes, especially in a beneficial way
  • noun The process of moderating a discussion

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun quality of being moderate and avoiding extremes
  • noun a change for the better
  • noun the action of lessening in severity or intensity
  • noun the trait of avoiding excesses


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  • "Moderation is a fatal thing; nothing succeeds like excess" --Oscar Wilde

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  • JM takes everything in moderation – particularly moderation.

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