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



BrE BrE//ˈæbstɪnənt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈæbstɪnənt//
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not allowing yourself something, especially alcoholic drinks, for moral, religious or health reasons Word Origin late Middle English: via Old French from Latin abstinent- ‘abstaining’, from the verb abstinere, from ab- ‘from’ + tenere ‘hold’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: abstinent