The definition of abstinence is choosing not to engage in a certain behavior, or not giving in to a desire or appetite.noun
An example of abstinence is a recovering alcoholic that no longer drinks.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- 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: ME < OFr < L abstinentia < prp. of abstinere: see abstain
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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