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abstemious

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adjective ab·ste·mi·ous \ab-ˈstē-mē-əs\

Simple Definition of abstemious

  • : not eating and drinking too much

Full Definition of abstemious

  1. :  marked by restraint especially in the consumption of food or alcohol; also :  reflecting such restraint <an abstemious diet>

ab·ste·mi·ous·ly adverb
ab·ste·mious·ness noun

Examples of abstemious

  1. She is known as an abstemious eater and drinker.

  2. <being abstemious diners, they avoid restaurants with all-you-can-eat buffets>



Origin of abstemious

Latin abstemius, from abs- + -temius; akin to Latin temetum intoxicating drink


First Known Use: 1609



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