abstinence

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noun ab·sti·nence \ˈab-stə-nən(t)s\

Definition of abstinence

  1. 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

  2. 2a :  habitual abstaining from intoxicating beveragesb :  abstention from sexual intercourse

abstinent

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abstinently

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Examples of abstinence in a sentence

  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 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

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ABSTINENCE Defined for Kids

abstinence

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noun ab·sti·nence \ˈab-stə-nəns\

Definition of abstinence for Students

  1. :  an avoidance by choice especially of certain foods or of liquor


Medical Dictionary

abstinence

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noun ab·sti·nence \ˈab-stə-nən(t)s\

Medical Definition of abstinence

  1. :  the act or practice of abstaining especially from engagement in sexual intercourse or consumption of intoxicating beverages

abstinent

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