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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
Translations of “abstinence”
in Korean 절제, 금욕…
in Arabic إمساك, امتِناع عَن…
in French abstinence…
in Turkish mahrum olma, uzak durma, kaçınma…
in Italian astinenza…
in Chinese (Traditional) 戒絕,戒除…
in Russian воздержание…
in Polish abstynencja, powstrzymanie się…
in Spanish abstinencia…
in Portuguese abstinência…
in German die Enthaltsamkeit, der Entzug…
in Catalan abstinència…
in Japanese 自制, 節制, 禁欲…
in Chinese (Simplified) 戒绝,戒除…
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