Definition of abstinence
1 : the practice of abstaining from something : the practice of not doing or having something that is wanted or enjoyable … ate with a haste and an apparent relish, that seemed to betoken long abstinence from food. — Walter Scott
2a : habitual abstaining from intoxicating beveragesb : abstention from sexual intercourse
abstinentplay \-nənt\ adjective
Examples of abstinence in a sentence
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 and Etymology of abstinence
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin abstinentia, from abstinent-, abstinens, present participle of abstinēre —see abstain
First Known Use: 13th century
ABSTINENCE Defined for Kids
Definition of abstinence for Students
: an avoidance by choice especially of certain foods or of liquor
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