temperance

[ tem-per-uhns, tem-pruhns ]
/ ˈtɛm pər əns, ˈtɛm prəns /

noun

moderation or self-restraint in action, statement, etc.; self-control.
habitual moderation in the indulgence of a natural appetite or passion, especially in the use of alcoholic liquors.
total abstinence from alcoholic liquors.

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Origin of temperance

1200–50; Middle English temperaunce<Anglo-French <Latin temperantia self-control. See temper, -ance

OTHER WORDS FROM temperance

an·ti·tem·per·ance, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for temperance

temperance
/ (ˈtɛmpərəns) /

noun

restraint or moderation, esp in yielding to one's appetites or desires
abstinence from alcoholic drink

Word Origin for temperance

C14: from Latin temperantia, from temperāre to regulate
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Medical definitions for temperance

temperance
[ tĕmpər-əns, tĕmprəns ]

n.

Moderation and self-restraint, as in behavior or expression.
Restraint in the use of or abstinence from alcoholic liquors.
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