1. the trait of abstaining (especially from alcohol)

Similar word(s): abstention

Definition categories: attribute

2. act or practice of refraining from indulging an appetite

Definition categories: act

Sentences with abstinence as a noun:

- Penance, fasts, and abstinence, / To punish bodies for the soul's offense. - John DrydenThe abstinence from a present pleasure that offers itself is a pain, nay, oftentimes, a very great one. — John LockeComplete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation. — St Augustine