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Definitions of abstinence

  1. act or practice of refraining from indulging an appetite Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. The practice of self-denial by depriving one's self of certain kinds of food or drink, especially of meat. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. Self-denial; partial or total giving up of food or drink. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. An abstaining or refraining, especially from some indulgence. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. Act of refraining; temperance. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  7. The act or practise of abstaining; self denial. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.

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Usage examples for abstinence

  1. In five years from the commencement of his services, he had obtained the pledge of five millions of persons in Ireland alone, to the practice of total abstinence – Sketches of Reforms and Reformers, of Great Britain and Ireland by Henry B. Stanton
  2. As no school could be found conducted on principles sufficiently rigorous, he was attended at home by a master who set a high price on the understanding that he was to illustrate the beauty of abstinence not only by precept but by example. – Roderick Hudson by Henry James
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