forbearance from any indulgence of appet-te, especially from the use of alcoholic beverages:
any self-restraint, self-denial, or forbearance.
economics. the conserving of current income in order to build up capital or savings.
the state of being without a drug, as alcohol or heroin, on which one is dependent.
partic-p-nts were divided into four categories of drinking frequency: abstinent, moderate, hazardous, and alcohol-dependent.
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bristol palin was not an abstinent teen—as evidenced by the 3-year-old son often seen resting on her hip.
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of these, 43 million are “at risk” for pregnancy—the other 19 million are abstinent or sterile or already pregnant.
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the lecturer was convinced that as a result of his lectures his students were exceptionally chaste and abstinent.
the s-xual life of the child albert moll
these unfortunate creatures cannot be temperate, they must therefore be abstinent.
tobacco and alcohol john fiske
but my poverty kept me abstinent and my youthful romanticism kept me chaste until my married life was well under way.
tono bungay h. g. wells
it is most frequent in males, and more so in the intemperate than in the abstinent.
a system of practical medicine by american authors, vol. ii various
they found him abstinent, and they made him a guzzler of fire water.
americana ebrietatis hewson l. peeke
all were to be fasting and abstinent from their wives on the previous night.
the customs of old england f. j. snell
he was most abstinent, full of devotion for the m-ss, and above measure humble.
the philippine islands, 1493-1898: volume xxxii, 1640 diego aduarte
the act or practice of refraining from some action or from the use of something, esp alcohol
(mainly rc church) the practice of refraining from specific kinds of food or drink, esp from meat, as an act of penance
late 14c., from old french abstinent (earlier astenant) “moderate, abstemious, modest,” from latin abstinentem (nominative abstinens), present participle of abstinere (see abstinence).
mid-14c., “forbearance in indulgence of the appet-tes,” from old french abstinence (earlier astenance), from latin abstinentia, noun of quality from abstinentem (nominative abstinens), present participle of abstinere (see abstain). specifically of s-xual appet-tes from mid-14c., but also in middle english of food, fighting, luxury.
abstinence ab·sti·nence (āb’stə-nəns)
the act or practice of refraining from indulgence in an appet-te, as for certain foods, drink, alcoholic beverages, drugs, or s-x.
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