|1.||the act or practice of refraining from some action or from the use of something, esp alcohol|
|2.||chiefly RC Church the practice of refraining from specific kinds of food or drink, esp from meat, as an act of penance|
|[C13: via Old French from Latin abstinentia, from abstinēre to |
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.