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Pronunciation:  'abstununs

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  act or practice of refraining from indulging an appetite
  2. [n]  the trait of abstaining (especially from alcohol)

ABSTINENCE is a 10 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: abstention
 See Also: celibacy, chastity, fast, fasting, inhibition, self-control, self-denial, self-denial, self-discipline, self-discipline, sexual abstention, sobriety, suppression, teetotaling, teetotalism, temperance



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ab"sti*nence\, n. [F. abstinence, L. abstinentia,
fr. abstinere. See {Abstain}.]
1. 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}.

         The abstinence from a present pleasure that offers
         itself is a pain, nay, oftentimes, a very great one.

2. The practice of self-denial by depriving one's self of
   certain kinds of food or drink, especially of meat.

         Penance, fasts, and abstinence, To punish bodies for
         the soul's offense.                   --Dryden.

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