The practice of restraining oneself from indulging in something, typically alcohol or sex: I started drinking again after six years of abstinence abstinence from premarital intercourse
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.
celibacy, chastity, singleness, continence, virginity, bachelorhood, spinsterhood, self-restraint, self-denial
renunciation of, refusal of, declining, avoidance of, eschewal of, abjuration of;