Part of speech: noun

The act or practise of abstaining; self denial.

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Usage examples "abstinence":

  1. The church is perfectly right in urging total abstinence upon the individual. - "Civics and Health", 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", 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)", Algernon Charles Swinburne.