Meaning of “abstinence” in the English Dictionary

"abstinence" in British English

See all translations

(Definition of “abstinence” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"abstinence" in American English

See all translations

abstinencenoun [ U ]

us /ˈæb·stə·nəns/

the act of not doing something, esp. something that gives you pleasure

(Definition of “abstinence” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)