Definition of abstinent in English:


Line breaks: ab¦stin|ent
Pronunciation: /ˈabstɪnənt


Refraining from an activity or from the consumption of something, especially alcohol: the patients are best advised to be totally abstinent from alcohol
More example sentences
  • In order to be eligible to be placed, residents will need to be abstinent from drugs and alcohol and remain so, on or off
  • It is therefore highly unlikely that he will be abstinent from alcohol unless he was sectioned and in a locked environment.
  • He said that he remained abstinent from alcohol and marijuana for ten years.


late Middle English: via Old French from Latin abstinent- 'abstaining', from the verb abstinere (see abstain).



More example sentences
  • Tho' I am as temperate as a man need be, I no longer live so abstinently as I had done before.
  • In prison the "classical" target group for methadone treatments (therapy drop-outs, offenders who are reluctant to live abstinently, who are physically and socially incriminated) is great.

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