What does the word abstinence mean?

Usage examples for abstinence

  1. The church is perfectly right in urging total abstinence upon the individual. – Civics and Health by William H. Allen
  2. An enforced abstinence of some months was succeeded by a debauch, in which he drank an immense quantity of brandy. – The Great German Composers by George T. Ferris
  3. If there are great examples of abstinence from such a doubtful enterprise, there are likewise great examples to the contrary. – Poems & Ballads (First Series) by Algernon Charles Swinburne