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English definition of “abstinence”

abstinence

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