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Definitions of abstinence

  1. the trait of abstaining (especially from alcohol) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. act or practice of refraining from indulging an appetite Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. 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
  4. The practice of self-denial by depriving one's self of certain kinds of food or drink, especially of meat. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Self-denial; partial or total giving up of food or drink. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. Specifically, refrain from the use of certain articles of diet or of alcoholic beverages, or from sexual intercourse. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  7. An abstaining or refraining, especially from some indulgence. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. Act of refraining; temperance. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  9. The act or practise of abstaining; self denial. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. A voluntary refraining from: a total or partial forbesrance from food and drink, as in fasting; abstaining from the use of strong liquors. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  11. ABSTINENCE (from Lat. abstinere, to abstain), the fact or habit of refraining from anything, but usually from the indulgence of the appetite and especially from strong drink. “Total abstinence” and “total abstainer” are associated with taking the pledge to abstain from alcoholic liquor (see Temperance.) In the discipline of the Christian Church abstinence is the term for a less severe form of Fasting (q.v.). en.wikisource.org
  12. 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. dictgcide_fs
  13. Privation, usually voluntary, as when we speak of abstinence from pleasure, abstinence from drink, &c. It is more particularly used to signify voluntary privation of certain articles of food. Fasting is a useful remedial agent in certain diseases, particularly in those of an inflammatory character. Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  14. Refraining (from any pleasure, or abs. in sense of continence, fasting, or, usu. total a., going without alcohol). somet. =foll. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  15. n. The act or practice of abstaining; voluntary forbearance of any action; moderation. Cabinet Dictionary
  16. Forbearance of any thing; fasting, or forbearance of necessary food. Complete Dictionary

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