What does Sobriety mean?

Definitions for Sobrietysəˈbraɪ ɪ ti, soʊ-

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Sobriety.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. soberness, sobriety(noun)

    the state of being sober and not intoxicated by alcohol

  2. sobriety, dryness(noun)

    moderation in or abstinence from alcohol or other drugs

  3. graveness, gravity, sobriety, soberness, somberness, sombreness(noun)

    a manner that is serious and solemn

  4. sobriety, temperance(noun)

    abstaining from excess


  1. sobriety(Noun)

    The quality or state of being sober.

  2. sobriety(Noun)

    The quality or state of not being intoxicated.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sobriety(noun)

    habitual soberness or temperance as to the use of spirituous liquors; as, a man of sobriety

  2. Sobriety(noun)

    habitual freedom from enthusiasm, inordinate passion, or overheated imagination; calmness; coolness; gravity; seriousness; as, the sobriety of riper years


  1. Sobriety

    Sobriety is the condition of not having any measurable levels, or effects from mood-altering drugs. According to WHO "Lexicon of alcohol and drug terms...", sobriety is continued abstinence from psychoactive drug use. Sobriety is also considered to be the natural state of a human being given at a birth. In a treatment setting, sobriety is the achieved goal of independence from consuming or craving mind-altering substances. As such, sustained abstinence is a prerequisite for sobriety. Early in abstinence, residual effects of mind-altering substances can preclude sobriety. These effects are labeled "PAWS", or "post acute withdrawal syndrome". Someone who abstains, but has a latent desire to resume use, is not considered truly sober. An abstainer may be subconsciously motivated to resume drug use, but for a variety of reasons, abstains. Sobriety has more specific meanings within specific contexts, such as the culture of Alcoholics Anonymous, other 12 step programs, law enforcement, and some schools of psychology. In some cases, sobriety implies achieving "life balance."


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Sobriety in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Sobriety in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. John Ciardi:

    There is nothing wrong with sobriety in moderation.

  2. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA ):

    stay sober and help other alcoholics achieve sobriety

  3. Henry David Thoreau:

    Sobriety, severity, and self-respect are the foundations of all true sociality.

  4. Henry Ward Beecher:

    Laughter is day, and sobriety is night; a smile is the twilight that hovers gently between both, more bewitching than either.

  5. Elijah Cummings:

    Rank-and-file officers are being stopped from doing what they are told to do. what's wrong with [conducting] a sobriety test? It's basic policing.

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