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
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- 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.
teetotalism, temperance, sobriety, abstemiousness, abstention
celibacy, chastity, singleness, continence, virginity, bachelorhood, spinsterhood, self-restraint, self-denial
refraining, desisting, holding back, forbearing, keeping, withholding;
renunciation of, refusal of, declining, avoidance of, eschewal of, abjuration of;
shunning, forgoing, going without, doing without
Middle English: from Old French, from Latin abstinentia, from the verb abstinere (see abstain).
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