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Synonyms for abstinence
ˈæb stə nəns

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. abstinence, abstention(noun)

    the trait of abstaining (especially from alcohol)

    Synonyms:
    abstention

  2. abstinence(noun)

    act or practice of refraining from indulging an appetite

    Synonyms:
    abstention

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. abstinence

    Abstinence from food commonly signifies going without; abstemiousness, partaking moderately; abstinence may be for a single occasion, abstemiousness is habitual moderation. Self-denial is giving up what one wishes; abstinence may be refraining from what one does not desire. Fasting is abstinence from food for a limited time, and generally for religious reasons. Sobriety and temperance signify maintaining a quiet, even temper by moderate indulgence in some things, complete abstinence from others. We speak of temperance in eating, but of abstinence from vice. Total abstinence has come to signify the entire abstaining from intoxicating liquors.

    Synonyms:
    abstemiousness, continence, fasting, frugality, moderation, self-control, self-denial, self-restraint, sobriety, temperance

    Antonyms:
    drunkenness, excess, gluttony, greed, intemperance, intoxication, reveling, revelry, self-indulgence, sensuality, wantonness

    Preposition:
    The negative side of virtue is abstinence from vice.

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. abstinence(n.)

    Synonyms:
    abstaining, refraining

  2. abstinence(n.)

    Synonyms:
    abstemiousness, soberness, temperance, moderation

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. abstinence(n)

    Synonyms:
    forbearance, temperance, self-denial, abstemiousness

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "abstinence":

    celibacy, sobriety, abstention

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Words popularity by usage frequency

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#17149moderation
#20872fasting
#24124abstinence
#38214temperance
#41208sobriety
#54982continence
#57996celibacy
#64813abstention
#95106frugality

How to use abstinence in a sentence?

  1. Samuel Johnson:

    Abstinence is as easy to me, as temperance would be difficult.

  2. Jordan Shapiro:

    We know abstinence sex education doesn't work and creates unhealthy sexual relationships. So why are we taking a similar approach with screen time ?

  3. Zachary Thompson:

    Next to abstinence, condoms are the best prevention method against any sexually transmitted infections.

  4. Eric Nestler:

    We have to realize they are unable to maintain abstinence not for lack of desire but because their brain is damaged.

  5. Michael Weaver:

    Abstinence from all tobacco and nicotine products is still the best recommendation for pregnant women.


Translations for abstinence

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  • възържание, трезвеностBulgarian
  • Keuschheit, Enthaltsamkeit, AbstinenzGerman
  • abstinencia, vigiliaSpanish
  • pidättyvyys, täysraittius, kieltäytyminen, raittius, pidättyminenFinnish
  • abstinenceFrench
  • abstinentiaInterlingua
  • astinenzaItalian
  • onthouding, geheelonthouding, alcoholonthoudingDutch
  • avholdenhet, avholdNorwegian
  • abstynencja, wstrzemięźliwośćPolish
  • [[abstinência]] [[sexual]], abstinênciaPortuguese
  • абстиненция, воздержание, трезвенностьRussian
  • trezvenjaštvo, umerenost, trezvenost, uzdržavanje, samoodricanje, uzdržljivostSerbo-Croatian
  • avhållsamhet, kyskhet, absolutismSwedish
  • การละเว้นThai

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