Noun Abstinence Definition and Examples







The practice of restraining oneself from indulging in something, typically alcohol or sex.
  1. 'abstinence from premarital intercourse'
  2. 'For the Hindus the fasting is abstinence from meat during their holy time.'
  3. 'These effects disappeared after a period of abstinence from alcohol consumption.'
  4. 'It is also important to note that most patients reported reduced use rather than abstinence.'
  5. 'On the other side of drunkenness there is a no less committed balance of prohibition and abstinence in England.'
  6. 'The authorities there even advocated sexual abstinence, rather than condom use, as a national health strategy.'
  7. 'I have no problem with someone who wants to promote abstinence.'
  8. 'Many people who go on methadone programmes, the softer alternative to abstinence, remain on them for years.'
  9. 'A growing lobby, here and in America, preaches abstinence, not education.'
  10. 'After 12 months, the researchers intend to shift the addicts to methadone or abstinence.'
  11. 'Outside unprotected sex within marriage he is an advocate of strict abstinence.'
((n.) The act or practice of abstaining; voluntary forbearance of any action, especially the refraining from an indulgence of appetite, or from customary gratifications of animal or sensual propensities. Specifically, the practice of abstaining from intoxicating beverages, -- called also total abstinence.|--|(n.) The practice of self-denial by depriving one's self of certain kinds of food or drink, especially of meat.|--|)


1. forbearance from any indulgence of appetite, especially from the use of alcoholic beverages: total abstinence.

2. any self-restraint, self-denial, or forbearance.

3. Economics. the conserving of current income in order to build up capital or savings.

4. the state of being without a drug, as alcohol or heroin, on which one is dependent.


"There can be abstinence pledges."
"There can be abstinence movements."
"There can be abstinence lasts."
"There can be abstinence elements."
"There can be abstinence crusades."
"There can be abstinence associations."
"abstinences can be from substances."
"abstinences can be from behaviourses."
"abstinences can be over marriages."
"years can have abstinences."
"buyers can have abstinences."
"abstinences can be in people."
"abstinences can be in countries."
"abstinences can be from works."
"abstinences can be from sweeteners."
"abstinences can be from spheres."
"abstinences can be from sleeps."
"abstinences can be from sexes."
"abstinences can be from processes."
"abstinences can be from porks."

Middle English: from Old French, from Latin abstinentia, from the verb abstinere (see abstain).

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