Definition of abstinence noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

abstinence

 noun
noun
NAmE//ˈæbstənəns//
 
[uncountable]abstinence (from something)(formal)
 
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the practice of not allowing yourself something, especially food, alcoholic drinks, or sex, for moral, religious, or health reasons total abstinence from alcohol see also abstain
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