Definition of abstinence noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈæbstɪnəns//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈæbstɪnəns//
Healthy eating habits
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[uncountable] abstinence (from something) (formal) the practice of not allowing yourself something, especially food, alcoholic drinks or sex, for moral, religious or health reasons total abstinence from strong drink see also abstain See related entries: Healthy eating habits Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French, from Latin abstinentia, from the verb abstinere, from ab- ‘from’ + tenere ‘hold’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: abstinence