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(1)   The action of lessening in severity or intensity
"The object being control or moderation of economic depressions"
(2)   The trait of avoiding excesses
(3)   Quality of being moderate and avoiding extremes
(4)   A change for the better


  1. the state or quality of being moderate; avoidance of extremes
    America is a model of force and freedom and moderation - with all the coarseness and rudeness of its people. –Lord Byron
      1. a change which improves quality
      2. something which avoids excesses
      3. an instance of moderating; to bring away from extremes
        The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom. –Aristotle
      4. self-control.
        My God, Mr. Chairman, at this moment I stand astonished at my own moderation! –Robert Clive
      5. supervision; mediation.
        The moderation of a large online forum can be hard work.