Definition of abstemious adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//əbˈstiːmiəs//
; NAmE NAmE//əbˈstiːmiəs//
(formal) Healthy eating habits
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not allowing yourself to have much food or alcohol, or to do things that are enjoyable He was a hard-working man with abstemious habits. See related entries: Healthy eating habits Word Originearly 17th cent.: from Latin abstemius, (from ab- ‘from’ + a word related to temetum ‘alcoholic liquor’) + -ous.
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