[ UK /ˈæbstɪnənt/ ]
[ US /ˈæbstənənt/ ]
  1. self-restraining; not indulging an appetite especially for food or drink
    not totally abstinent but abstemious
  1. a person who refrains from drinking intoxicating beverages
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How To Use abstinent In A Sentence

  • In our opinion, the fact that in our study 10% of participants unwilling or unable to stop smoking at baseline were abstinent at two years clearly gives support to the idea that smoking reduction can be a step towards abstinence.
  • Encouraging teens to be abstinent is a worthy (if impossible) goal, but not at the expense of leaving them unprepared to practice safe sex. Blog for Choice 2008 | spazeboy
  • Similarly, some very health-minded people will do the healthy thing and remain abstinent until marriage, then remain faithful to their spouses. Matthew Yglesias » Health and Wealth
  • Paradise, how abstinently would he have walked by that tree! Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions Together with Death's Duel
  • AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) says just to sever your ties with those people to be sure that you stay abstinent. Alcohol intake of friends, family impact your drinking habits
  • Some told The Daily Telegraph that they had no intention of assuring their bishops that they will be sexually abstinent when they ‘marry’ their partners.
  • In such a traditionally abstinent group, abuse of alcohol leads to shame and loss of traditional culture.
  • Elsewhere I have shown that even the requirement for church leaders to be "abstinent" (1 Tim 3: 2) finds its precedent in the Old Testament strict prohibition against the use of alcoholic beverages by the priests (Lev 10: 9) .32 The construction of the phrase without article "mias gunaikos andra - one-wife-man" emphasizes the moral character of the individual as being totally committed to one woman. Recently Uploaded Slideshows
  • There's nothing in the world wrong with encouraging adolescents to be abstinent as long as possible.
  • It is therefore highly unlikely that he will be abstinent from alcohol unless he was sectioned and in a locked environment.
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