We have put together a list of words that are similar to ABSTINENCE.

7 Alternative Words Similar to abstinence

1 Chastity Noun      Hyponym Words Like Chastity
2 Temperance Noun      Hyponym Words Like Temperance
3 Sawm Noun      Hyponym
4 Celibacy Noun      Hyponym Words Like Celibacy
5 Teetotaling Noun      Hyponym
6 Teetotalism Noun      Hyponym
7 Fast Noun      Hyponym Words Like Fast

10 definitions of abstinence

1 The act or practice of abstaining; voluntary forbearance of any action, especially the refraining from an indulgence of appetite, or from customary gratifications of animal or sensual propensities. Specifically, the practice of abstaining from intoxicating beverages, -- called also total abstinence.
2 The practice of self-denial by depriving one's self of certain kinds of food or drink, especially of meat.
3 the trait of abstaining (especially from alcohol)
4 act or practice of refraining from indulging an appetite
5 The act or practice of refraining from indulging an appetite or desire, especially for alcoholic drink or sexual intercourse.
6 In general, the act or practice of voluntarily refraining from the use of something or from some action; abnegation.
7 More specifically The refraining from indulgence in the pleasures of the table, or from customary gratifications of the senses or the intellect, either partially or wholly.
8 In a still narrower sense— Forbearance from the use of alcoholic liquors as a beverage: in this sense usually preceded by the adjective total. Eccles., the refraining from certain kinds of food or drink on certain days, as from flesh on Fridays.
9 The act of abstaining from the use of, or from the doing of, something; specifically, in economics, voluntary abstention from the consumption of anything which one has the power of consuming or using, with the purpose of increasing one's resources or accumulating wealth for future enjoyment.
10 Delay of spending to accrue capital.
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