Participants were divided into four categories of drinking frequency: abstinent, moderate, hazardous, and alcohol-dependent.
Bristol Palin was not an abstinent teen—as evidenced by the 3-year-old son often seen resting on her hip.
Of these, 43 million are “at risk” for pregnancy—the other 19 million are abstinent or sterile or already pregnant.
The lecturer was convinced that as a result of his lectures his students were exceptionally chaste and abstinent.
These unfortunate creatures cannot be temperate, they must therefore be abstinent.
But my poverty kept me abstinent and my youthful romanticism kept me chaste until my married life was well under way.
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.
All were to be fasting and abstinent from their wives on the previous night.
He was most abstinent, full of devotion for the mass, and above measure humble.
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.
abstinence ab·sti·nence (āb'stə-nəns)
The act or practice of refraining from indulgence in an appetite, as for certain foods, drink, alcoholic beverages, drugs, or sex.