abstinent, adj.abstinently, adv.
/ab"steuh neuhns/, n.
1. forbearance from any indulgence of appetite, esp. from the use of alcoholic beverages: total abstinence.
2. any self-restraint, self-denial, or forbearance.
3. Econ. the conserving of current income in order to build up capital or savings.
4. the state of being without a drug, as alcohol or heroin, on which one is dependent.
Also, abstinency.
[1250-1300; ME < L abstinentia. See ABSTAIN, -ENCE]
Syn. 1. abstemiousness, sobriety, teetotalism.

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