1. abs- + tin- + -ence.
2. => keep away, keep off.
- abstinence (n.)
- mid-14c., "forbearance in indulgence of the appetites," from Old French abstinence (earlier astenance), from Latin abstinentia "abstinence, starvation; self-restraint, integrity," noun of quality from abstinentem (nominative abstinens), present participle of abstinere (see abstain). Specifically of sexual appetites from mid-14c., but also in Middle English of food, fighting, luxury.
- 1. total abstinence from strong drink
- 2. The best way to avoid pregnancy was total abstinence from sex.
- 3. Abstinence is the best medicine.
- 4. Abstinence from alcoholic drinks is advisable.
- 5. The meaning of life was freedom and the abstinence from evil.
[ abstinence 造句 ]