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English definition of “abstinence”

abstinence

noun [U] uk   /ˈæb.stɪ.nəns/ formal us  
not doing something, such as drinking alcohol or having sex: The best way to avoid pregnancy is total abstinence from sex.
abstinent
adjective uk   /-nənt/ us  
sexually abstinent
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