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
Recent Examples of abstinence from the Web
Treatment A is abstinence-only sex education vs Treatment B that is comprehensive sex education.
Most people will turn back at this point, deciding that internet abstinence is not for them.
Most people will turn back at this point, deciding that Internet abstinence is not for them.
The hospital recently added a new neonatal intensive care unit to treat babies with neonatal abstinence syndrome because it has been inundated with infants born dependent on opioids.
Abstinence, sweetheart’ Davidson College has remained a flashpoint for the issue.
By the end of college, Adam was trying to manage his gaming but still fell into a pattern of bingeing, abstinence and relapse.
Another example URL: cockblockedby jesus.com—weird, but could maybe be about abstinence.
Yet people who describe themselves as in recovery consistently say abstinence is important.
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ABSTINENCE Defined for Kids
Definition of abstinence for Students
: an avoidance by choice especially of certain foods or of liquor
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