Definitions for abstainer

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word abstainer

Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to refrain voluntarily, esp. from something regarded as improper or unhealthy (usu. fol. by from):

    to abstain from eating meat.

  2. to refrain from casting one's vote:

    Two delegates abstained.

    Category: Government

Origin of abstain:

1350–1400; ME < MF abstenir蠐 L abstinēre=abs-abs - +-tinēre, comb. form of tenēre to hold, keep


Princeton's WordNet

  1. abstainer, ascetic(noun)

    someone who practices self denial as a spiritual discipline

  2. abstainer, abstinent, nondrinker(noun)

    a person who refrains from drinking intoxicating beverages


  1. abstainer(Noun)

    Agent noun of abstain; one who abstains; especially, one who abstains from something they enjoy, such as the use of intoxicating liquors; one who practices self-denial.

  2. Origin: First attested in the mid 15th century.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Abstainer(noun)

    one who abstains; esp., one who abstains from the use of intoxicating liquors


Find a translation for the abstainer definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these abstainer definitions with the community:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"abstainer." STANDS4 LLC, 2014. Web. 17 Dec. 2014. <>.

Are we missing a good definition for abstainer?

The Web's Largest Resource for

Definitions & Translations

A Member Of The STANDS4 Network

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for abstainer: