abstinence

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ab·sti·nence

noun \ˈab-stə-nən(t)s\

: the practice of not doing or having something that is wanted or enjoyable : the practice of abstaining from something

Full Definition of ABSTINENCE

1
:  voluntary forbearance especially from indulgence of an appetite or craving or from eating some foods
2
a :  habitual abstaining from intoxicating beverages
b :  abstention from sexual intercourse
ab·sti·nent \-nənt\ adjective
ab·sti·nent·ly adverb

Examples of ABSTINENCE

  1. The program promoted sexual abstinence for young people.
  2. <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

Other Christian Religious Terms

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ab·sti·nence

noun \ˈab-stə-nən(t)s\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ABSTINENCE

1
: voluntary forbearance especially from sexual intercourse or from eating some foods
2
: habitual abstaining from intoxicating beverages
ab·sti·nent \-nənt\ adjective

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