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What does "Abstinence" mean?


(n.) The act or practice of abstaining; voluntary forbearance of any action, especially the refraining from an indulgence of appetite, or from customary gratifications of animal or sensual propensities. Specifically, the practice of abstaining from intoxicating beverages, -- called also total abstinence (n.) The practice of self-denial by depriving one's self of certain kinds of food or drink, especially of meat

Synonyms abstention

Word Family abstinences