Self-control is the quality that allows you to stop yourself from doing things you want to do but that might not be in your best interest. For example, without self-control, you might burp and curse nonstop.

Have you ever had a potato chip or two and pretty soon you’ve eaten the whole bag? Eating a whole bag of chips shows little self-control. Not charging an expensive thing you want to a credit card takes self-control. Getting up early for work takes self-control. Without self-control, it's hard to get far in life. Self-control is similar to self-discipline.

Definitions of self-control
  1. noun
    the act of denying yourself; controlling your impulses
    synonyms: self-denial, self-discipline
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    act or practice of refraining from indulging an appetite
    ascesis, asceticism
    rigorous self-denial and active self-restraint
    (Christianity) the act of mortifying the lusts of the flesh by self-denial and privation (especially by bodily pain or discomfort inflicted on yourself)
    celibacy, chastity, sexual abstention
    abstaining from sexual relations (as because of religious vows)
    sobriety, temperance
    abstaining from excess
    teetotaling, teetotalism
    abstaining from alcohol
    fast, fasting
    abstaining from food
    inhibition, suppression
    (psychology) the conscious exclusion of unacceptable thoughts or desires
    the third pillar of Islam is fasting (primarily during the month of Ramadan); Muslims abstain from food and drink and gambling and all sensuous pleasures from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan
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    the activity of managing or exerting control over something
  2. noun
    the trait of resolutely controlling your own behavior
    synonyms: possession, self-command, self-possession, self-will, will power, willpower
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    control of your emotions
    presence of mind
    self-control in a crisis; ability to say or do the right thing in an emergency
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    firmness, firmness of purpose, resoluteness, resolution, resolve
    the trait of being resolute
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