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

     

    temperance

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈtempərəns//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtempərəns//
     
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  1. 1(old-fashioned) the practice of not drinking alcohol because of your moral or religious beliefs The temperance movement was at its peak at the end of the 19th century.
  2. 2(formal) the practice of controlling your behaviour, the amount you eat, etc., so that it is always reasonable synonym moderation
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French temperaunce, from Latin temperantia ‘moderation’, from temperare ‘restrain’.
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