Simple Definition of abstinence
: the practice of not doing or having something that is wanted or enjoyable : the practice of abstaining from something
Examples of abstinence
The program promoted sexual abstinence for young people.
<a cleric vainly preaching abstinence in a world where self-indulgence is regarded as almost a virtue>
Origin of abstinence
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin abstinentia, from abstinent-, abstinens, present participle of abstinēre
First Known Use: 14th century
ABSTINENCE Defined for Kids
Definition of abstinence
: an avoidance by choice especially of certain foods or of liquor
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