Definitions for abstinenceˈæb stə nəns

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ab•sti•nenceˈæb stə nəns(n.)

also ab′sti•nen•cy

  1. forbearance from indulgence of an appetite.

  2. abstention from a drug, as alcohol or heroin, esp. a drug on which one is dependent.

    Category: Psychiatry

  3. the refraining from certain kinds of foods on certain days, as from meat during Lent.

Origin of abstinence:

1250–1300; ME < L abstinentia. See abstain , -ence

ab′sti•nent•ly(adv.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. abstinence, abstention(noun)

    the trait of abstaining (especially from alcohol)

  2. abstinence(noun)

    act or practice of refraining from indulging an appetite

Wiktionary

  1. abstinence(Noun)

    The act or practice of abstaining, refraining from indulging a desire.

  2. abstinence(Noun)

    Specifically, the practice of abstaining from intoxicating/alcoholic beverages (also called total abstinence, teetotalism).

  3. abstinence(Noun)

    Specifically, the practice of abstaining from sexual intercourse, either permanently or until marriage.

  4. abstinence(Noun)

    The practice of self-denial by depriving one's self (partly or totally) of certain kinds of food or drink, especially meat.

    Penance, fasts, and abstinence, / To punish bodies for the soul's offense. - John Dryden

  5. abstinence(Noun)

    Abstention from certain foods on days of penitential observance.

  6. Origin: * First attested in 1340.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Abstinence(noun)

    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

  2. Abstinence(noun)

    the practice of self-denial by depriving one's self of certain kinds of food or drink, especially of meat

Freebase

  1. Abstinence

    Abstinence is a self-enforced restraint from indulging in bodily activities that are widely experienced as giving pleasure. Most frequently, the term refers to sexual abstinence, or abstinence from alcohol or food. The practice can arise from religious prohibitions and practical considerations. Abstinence may also refer to drugs. For example you can abstain from smoking. Abstinence has diverse forms. Commonly it refers to a temporary or partial abstinence from food, as in fasting. In the twelve-step program of Overeaters Anonymous abstinence is the term for refraining from compulsive eating, akin in meaning to sobriety for alcoholics. Because the regimen is intended to be a conscious act, freely chosen to enhance life, abstinence is sometimes distinguished from the psychological mechanism of repression. The latter is an unconscious state, having unhealthy consequences. Freud termed the channeling of sexual energies into other more culturally or socially acceptable activities, "sublimation".

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. ABSTINENCE

    From the Persian _ab_, water, and _stein_, or tankard. Hence, water-tankard, or "water wagon."


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

abstinence(noun)

the act or habit of abstaining, especially from alcohol.

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