Abstinence (noun)

The practice of refraining from something, especially from an activity or pleasure as an act of self-discipline.


Middle english abstinencie, from latin abstinentia, from abstinent-, abstinens, present participle of abstin─ôre to abstain.


  1. The program promotes sexual abstinence as a way to avoid pregnancy.
  2. He practiced abstinence from alcohol for a year.
  3. The doctor recommended abstinence from fatty foods.
  4. Abstinence from smoking can improve overall health.
  5. I'm going to practice abstinence from social media for a week.
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