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Abstinence

Abstinence Meaning & Definition
Abstinence Definition And Meaning

What's The Definition Of Abstinence?

[n] act or practice of refraining from indulging an appetite
[n] the trait of abstaining (especially from alcohol)

Synonyms | Synonyms for Abstinence: abstention

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See Also | celibacy | chastity | fast | fasting | inhibition | self-control | self-denial | self-denial | self-discipline | self-discipline | sexual abstention | sobriety | suppression | teetotaling | teetotalism | temperance

Abstinence In Webster's Dictionary

\Ab"sti*nence\, n. [F. abstinence, L. abstinentia, fr. abstinere. See {Abstain}.] 1. 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}. The abstinence from a present pleasure that offers itself is a pain, nay, oftentimes, a very great one. --Locke. 2. The practice of self-denial by depriving one's self of certain kinds of food or drink, especially of meat. Penance, fasts, and abstinence, To punish bodies for the soul's offense. --Dryden.

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