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abstinence Syllabification: ab·sti·nence
Pronunciation: /ˈabstənəns/

Definition of abstinence in English:


The fact or practice of restraining oneself from indulging in something, typically alcohol: I started drinking again after six years of abstinence
More example sentences
  • My unplanned and almost month long period of abstinence from alcohol finally came to an end last night, with four gin and tonics.
  • These effects disappeared after a period of abstinence from alcohol consumption.
  • The most effective way to avoid the symptoms of alcohol induced hangover is to practise abstinence or moderation.
rare nephalism
celibacy, chastity, virginity, self-restraint, self-denial
refraining from, desisting from, holding back from, withholding;
renunciation of, refusal of, declining, avoidance of, eschewal of, abjuration of;
forgoing, shunning, going without, doing without


Middle English: from Old French, from Latin abstinentia, from the verb abstinere (see abstain).



Example sentences
  • The audience are told, ‘If you want to be abstinent, take one of these rings as a constant reminder and make a vow in front of God’.
  • Patients who complied with posttreatment maintenance plans were more likely to be abstinent than those who did not.
  • The participants’ sustained level of 100% cooperation meant all remained abstinent during the four months that Family Focus was in effect.


Example sentences
  • Among those who live abstinently in this regard, however, there are, in my opinion, three different groups.
  • You must want to live abstinently even for the new medications to help.
  • Discussing travel plans with a sponsor and with other recovering food addicts can provide us with an excellent source of ideas for solutions to the challenges of traveling abstinently.

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