What does abstinence mean?

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ˈæb stə nənsab·sti·nence

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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


  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

  3. Origin: [F. abstinence, L. abstinentia, fr. abstinere. See Abstain.]


  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


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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of abstinence in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of abstinence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of abstinence in a Sentence

  1. Samuel Johnson:

    Abstinence is as easy to me, as temperance would be difficult.

  2. Voltaire:

    Use, do not abuse neither abstinence nor excess ever renders man happy.

  3. Voltaire:

    Use, do not abuse; neither abstinence nor excess ever renders man happy.

  4. Musa Pabai:

    They told me three months (of abstinence), but I am going to make it five months, that's my decision.

  5. Michael Weaver:

    Abstinence from all tobacco and nicotine products is still the best recommendation for pregnant women.

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  • възържание, трезвеностBulgarian
  • Keuschheit, Enthaltsamkeit, AbstinenzGerman
  • abstinencia, vigiliaSpanish
  • pidättyvyys, täysraittius, kieltäytyminen, raittius, pidättyminenFinnish
  • abstinenceFrench
  • abstinentiaInterlingua
  • astinenzaItalian
  • onthouding, geheelonthouding, alcoholonthoudingDutch
  • avholdenhet, avholdNorwegian
  • abstynencja, wstrzemięźliwośćPolish
  • [[abstinência]] [[sexual]], abstinênciaPortuguese
  • абстиненция, воздержание, трезвенностьRussian
  • trezvenjaštvo, umerenost, trezvenost, uzdržavanje, samoodricanje, uzdržljivostSerbo-Croatian
  • avhållsamhet, kyskhet, absolutismSwedish
  • การละเว้นThai

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