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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

Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.
Saint Augustine

Use, do not abuse... neither abstinence nor excess ever renders man happy.
Voltaire

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

The only way for a rich man to be healthy is by exercise and abstinence, to live as if he were poor.
William Temple

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
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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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