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abstinence

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noun ab·sti·nence \ˈab-stə-nən(t)s\

Simple Definition of abstinence

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

Full Definition of abstinence

  1. 1 :  voluntary forbearance especially from indulgence of an appetite or craving or from eating some foods

  2. 2 a :  habitual abstaining from intoxicating beverages b :  abstention from sexual intercourse

ab·sti·nentplay \-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

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abstinence

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noun ab·sti·nence \ˈab-stə-nən(t)s\

Medical Definition of abstinence

  1. 1:  voluntary forbearance especially from sexual intercourse or from eating some foods

  2. 2:  habitual abstaining from intoxicating beverages

  3. ab·sti·nent \-nənt\play adjective





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