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abstinence

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1 voluntary restraint in the satisfaction of one's appetites
  • a cleric vainly preaching abstinence in a world where self-indulgence is regarded as almost a virtue

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2 abstention from sexual intercourse
  • an AIDS-prevention program that relies primarily on abstinence

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The first known use of abstinence was in the 13th century

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“Abstinence.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/abstinence. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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