[ UK /ˈæbstɪnəns/ ]
[ US /ˈæbstənəns/ ]
  1. the trait of abstaining (especially from alcohol)
  2. act or practice of refraining from indulging an appetite
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How To Use abstinence In A Sentence

  • While the site focuses mainly on their environmental concerns, they're also up in arms about the Bush administration's general abuse and disregard for science - including the idea that abstinence is some kind of cureall. News from the House of Sticks -
  • The truth is, there is a certain diet which emaciates men more than any possible degree of abstinence; though I do not remember to have seen any caution against it, either in Cheney, Arbuthnot, or in any other modern writer or regimen. The Journal of a Voyage to Lisbon
  • And here's the shocker: I'm taking the abstinence route with her.
  • Similarly, although nobody wants to be called a prude, one could hardly deny that being offended by non-abstinence sex education, pre-marital sex, and homosexuality is objectively anti-sex (that is to say: unmarried, non-heterosexual, and/or kinky sex). Matthew Yglesias » Also: The Sky Is Blue
  • A growing lobby, here and in America, preaches abstinence, not education.
  • In public calamites, when a general drought appears, and cruel wars, or contagious maladies come, we humble ourselves before the power that sent them, and mortify ourselves by abstinence. The physiology of taste; or Transcendental gastronomy. Illustrated by anecdotes of distinguished artists and statesmen of both continents by Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin. Translated from the last Paris edition by Fayette Robinson.
  • Have to say after months of abstinence alcohol highly effective & had lovely snooze. AND GOD CREATED THE AU PAIR
  • The novel's abstinence from readerly comforts such as character and atmosphere is as impressive as it is incapacitating. The Times Literary Supplement
  • The British anti-drink-driving campaigns try to scare you into complete abstinence.
  • The best way to avoid pregnancy is total abstinence from sex.
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