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noun [uncountable] moderation pronunciation in American English /ˌmɑdəˈreɪʃ(ə)n/
  1. 1
    sensible behavior, especially behavior that involves not eating or drinking too much of something

    We should eat better, drink only in moderation, and not smoke.

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  2. 2
    opinions and actions, especially in politics, that are reasonable and not extreme

    The U.S. electorate is looking for moderation and cooperation.

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  3. 3
    formal a reduction in the amount or strength of something

    Moderation of sodium intake will reduce the risk.


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