- The definition of abstinence is choosing not to engage in a certain behavior, or not giving in to a desire or appetite.
An example of abstinence is a recovering alcoholic that no longer drinks.
abstinence definition by Webster's New World
- the act of voluntarily doing without some or all food, drink, or other pleasures
- R.C.Ch. abstention from flesh meat on certain designated days
Origin: Middle English ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin abstinentia ; from present participle of abstinere: see abstain
abstinence definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: Middle English, from Old French abstenance, from Latin abstinentia, from abstinēns, abstinent-, present participle of abstinēre, to hold back; see abstain.
- abˈsti·nent adjective
- abˈsti·nent·ly adverb
abstinence - Medical Definition
- abstinent adjective