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Definition of Abstinence

Abstinence

  1. The act or practice of abstaining; voluntary forbearance of any action, especially the refraining from an indulgence of appetite, or from customary gratifications of animal or sensual propensities. Specifically, the practice of abstaining from intoxicating beverages, -- called also total abstinence.
  2. The practice of self-denial by depriving one's self of certain kinds of food or drink, especially of meat.

Abstinence Quotations

Temperance is moderation in the things that are good and total abstinence from the things that are foul.
Frances E. Willard

The Obama administration now has regulations that tells them that they can no longer promote marriage to these young girls. They can no longer promote marriage as a way of avoiding poverty and bad choices that they make in their life. They can no longer even teach abstinence education. They have to be neutral with respect to how people behave.
Rick Santorum

Whether sexual orientation can change or not, hearts can change and turn any sexual orientation into an occasion for the glory of Christ. Those with same-sex attraction glorify Christ through sexual abstinence and through the enrichment of significant Christ-exalting relationships in other ways.
John Piper

Well, I think that abstinence has its place as part of a comprehensive health and sex education curriculum. It would be wrong to exclude abstinence from a health curriculum, because there are some potentially very serious ramifications for early sexual activity.
Kerry Healey

Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.
Saint Augustine
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Abstinence Translations

abstinence in Dutch is geheelonthouding, abstinentie
abstinence in French is abstention, abstinence
abstinence in German is Enthaltung {f}, Abstinenz {f}
abstinence in Hungarian is absztinencia
abstinence in Latin is ieiunium
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