[ ab-stey-ner ]
/ æbˈsteɪ nər /


a person who abstains from something regarded as improper or unhealthy, especially the drinking of alcoholic beverages.
a person who abstains from anything.

Nearby words

  1. absorption spectrum,
  2. absorptive,
  3. absorptivity,
  4. absquatulate,
  5. abstain,
  6. abstemious,
  7. abstention,
  8. abstentionism,
  9. abstergent,
  10. abstersive

Origin of abstainer

First recorded in 1525–35; abstain + -er1

Related formsnon·ab·stain·er, noun

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Word Origin and History for abstainer



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

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