moderation

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mod·er·a·tion / ˌmädəˈrāshən/ • n. 1. the avoidance of excess or extremes, esp. in one's behavior or political opinions: he urged the police to show moderation. ∎  the action of making something less extreme, intense, or violent: the union's approach was based on increased dialogue and the moderation of demands. 2. Physics the retardation of neutrons by a moderator. PHRASES: in moderation within reasonable limits; not to excess: nuts can be eaten in moderation.