- abstinence syndrome,
- abstinence theory,
Origin of abstinence
Examples from the Web for abstinent
Of these, 43 million are “at risk” for pregnancy—the other 19 million are abstinent or sterile or already pregnant.How Over-the-Counter Birth Control Could Screw You|Kent Sepkowitz|November 24, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Bristol Palin was not an abstinent teen—as evidenced by the 3-year-old son often seen resting on her hip.Bristol Palin’s Blog: Her Take on Gay Marriage & More|Caitlin Dickson|May 11, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Participants were divided into four categories of drinking frequency: abstinent, moderate, hazardous, and alcohol-dependent.
But my poverty kept me abstinent and my youthful romanticism kept me chaste until my married life was well under way.Tono Bungay|H. G. Wells
They found him abstinent, and they made him a guzzler of firewater.The Colonial Cavalier|Maud Wilder Goodwin
Be abstinent; shew not the corruption of thy generation: he that feeds, shall die, therefore, he that feeds not shall live.Beaumont & Fletcher's Works (7 of 10):|Francis Beaumont
It is most frequent in males, and more so in the intemperate than in the abstinent.
They found him abstinent, and they made him a guzzler of fire water.Americana Ebrietatis|Hewson L. Peeke
Word Origin for abstinence
late 14c., from Old French abstinent (earlier astenant) "moderate, abstemious, modest," from Latin abstinentem (nominative abstinens), present participle of abstinere (see abstinence).
mid-14c., "forbearance in indulgence of the appetites," from Old French abstinence (earlier astenance), from Latin abstinentia, noun of quality from abstinentem (nominative abstinens), present participle of abstinere (see abstain). Specifically of sexual appetites from mid-14c., but also in Middle English of food, fighting, luxury.