Abstinent meaning

The definition of abstinent is a person who chooses to refrain from some behavior, especially one that he might otherwise desire.

An example of abstinent is a person who is on a diet and who gives up chocolate.

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Refraining from indulgence, especially from the indulgence of appetite; abstemious; continent; temperate. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]

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One who abstains; a faster. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
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(usually capitalized, religion, historical) One of a sect who appeared in France and Spain in the 3rd century, and believed in abstinence towards meat and sex.
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Origin of abstinent

  • First attested in the late 14th century. From Middle English, from Old French abstinent, from Latin abstinēns, present participle of abstineō.

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  • From Middle English abstinent (adjective form).

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