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abstinence

ab·sti·nence

abstinence

 
pronunciation:
aeb st nns
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the denial of satisfaction of one's appetites, esp. the appetite for certain foods, drugs, or sexual activity.
Her doctor recommended abstinence from salty and fatty foods.Sexual abstinence is required of Catholic priests.
synonyms:
abstention
antonyms:
indulgence, self-indulgence
similar words:
asceticism, austerity, celibacy, chastity, continence, fast, forbearance, renunciation, restraint, self-abnegation, self-control, self-denial, self-discipline, self-restraint, self-sacrifice, sobriety, teetotalism, temperance
definition 2: a refraining from consumption of alcohol.
To prevent fetal alcohol syndrome, abstinence is recommended during pregnancy.
synonyms:
sobriety, teetotalism, temperance
similar words:
abstention, avoidance, forbearance, prohibition, renunciation
derivations: abstinent (adj.), abstinently (adv.)