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abstainer

[ab-stey-ner] /æbˈsteɪ nər/
noun
1.
a person who abstains from something regarded as improper or unhealthy, especially the drinking of alcoholic beverages.
2.
a person who abstains from anything.
Origin of abstainer
1525-1535
First recorded in 1525-35; abstain + -er1
Related forms
nonabstainer, noun
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n.

mid-15c., "one who practices self-denial," agent noun from abstain.

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